Wonder Women: 25 Innovators, Inventors + Trailblazers Who Changed History by Sam Maggs
Publisher: Quirk Books
Release Date: October 4, 2016
Summary: Ever heard of Allied spy Noor Inayat Khan, a Muslim woman whom the Nazis considered “highly dangerous”? Or German painter and entomologist Maria Sibylla Merian, who planned and embarked on the world’s first scientific expedition? How about Huang Daopo, the inventor who fled an abusive child marriage only to revolutionize textile production in China?
Women have always been able to change the world, even when they didn’t get the credit. In Wonder Women, author Sam Maggs introduces you to pioneering female scientists, engineers, mathematicians, adventurers, and inventors—each profile a study in passion, smarts, and stickto-itiveness, complete with portraits by Google doodler Sophia Foster-Dimino, an extensive
bibliography, and a guide to present-day women-centric STEM organizations.
My Rating: ★★★★☆ ½
My Thoughts: *I requested this copy from the publisher! This in no way influences my thoughts!*
An inspiring read filled with stories of women who made tremendous impacts in the name of science, espionage and exploration!
Separated into different sections: Science, Medicine,Espionage, Innovation + Adventure, Maggs gives a wonderfully researched account of 25 women (plus additional short stories in between) who come from a variety of ethnic/cultural backgrounds, sexualities, etc. and details their accomplishments and the struggles they faced to get there.
Having read Women In Science by Rachel Ignotofsky, I was already aware of some of these women in the Science, Medicine+Adventure section. However, through Maggs’s novel I was given a lot more detail into theses women’s lives which was fascinating to learn more about.
I didn’t know about a majority of the other women mentioned which saddens me, considering many of these women sacrificed so much for their discoveries/inventions that I’ve known about my whole life, but never truly given much thought to how it came about. (Like the brown paper bag! I had no idea it was invented Margaret Knight until I read this book!)
However its great that a book like this is now out in the world to share these stories and educate us about women who’ve sadly been forgotten.
As for the writing, you can tell Maggs really researched these women’s lives and her passion for this project really shows! She also uses a unique way of writing these stories, through a modern tone of voice + fandom culture/references. I really liked that aspect to her writing and felt it made the novel overall fast-paced and engaging!
Once I reached the end, I was so sad, because I wanted to learn even more about women’s inspiring accomplishments!
Overall a wonderfully researched and inspiring novel that will keep you reading till the very end. Women have accomplished so much and their stories are brought to light, through Maggs’s collection.