Wonder Women

Wonder Women : 25 Innovators, Inventors, and Trailblazers Who Changed History

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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 stick-to-itiveness, complete with portraits by Google doodler Sophia Foster-Dimino, an extensive bibliography, and a guide to present-day women-centric STEM organizations.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 240 pages
  • 136 x 197 x 22mm | 420g
  • Philadelphia, United States
  • English
  • Spot black and white illustrations
  • 1594749256
  • 9781594749254
  • 216,391

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"Wonder Women isn't just filled with extraordinary tales of female scientists and inventors-though there are plenty of them-[Maggs] also includes sections on espionage and adventure, fields not traditionally associated with STEM."
-Entertainment Weekly

"I admire Maggs for making Wonder Women both thorough and easy to digest. When it comes to historical material like this, presentation matters . . . Maggs writes the descriptions of the women and their achievements in such a way that you're inspired to take the ball and keep running."

"[Sam Maggs's] profiles are more than just fun, they're genuinely astounding . . . [and] fantastic illustrations by Sophia Foster-Dimino bring these pioneering women to life."
-The Village Voice

"Maggs' lineup of influential females is well curated and inclusive, while smart illustrations by Sophia Foster-Dimino bring the ladies to life. Wonder Women is a must-read for the girl who's a bit of a geek."

"A wonderful and necessary read. Although it says 25 women, there are so many more women in here than that . . . Not only does Maggs present their awesomeness with a sardonic wit needed to deride the patriarchal stage these fantastic women performed on, she is the gender defender at every turn. If only these brainiac ladies had Maggs by their side in their own time."
-Geeks of Doom

"Wonder Women is an absolute delight! As told by Sam Maggs, the lives of these trailblazing women leap off the page, bursting with entertaining anecdotes and fascinating facts that are sure to capture the imaginations of younger readers. The fantastically diverse assortment of women profiled in this book is proof positive that women have always accomplished amazing things, and the interviews with contemporary women illuminate the extraordinary achievements women are making (and the extraordinary challenges women still face) today. As Maggs emphasizes in her introduction, representation matters, and Wonder Women is an inspiring example of exactly the kind of representation we need to see a lot more of."
-Anita Sarkeesian, Feminist Frequency

"I honestly can't remember the last time I picked up a book and read straight through to the end without looking up. Each one of these baller women deserves their own shelf. Wonder Women is a must-read in my house and should be in yours, too."
-Margaret Stohl, author of Beautiful Creatures

"Too often women in history-particularly in STEM fields-are ignored and forgotten. Not by Sam Maggs. Through brilliant writing that is both factual and fun, Sam pulls back the curtain of history to show us just how kickass these amazing wonder women are. Be smart like the ladies described in this book and grab a copy today!"
-Beth Revis, author of Across the Universe and A World Without You

"Maggs's message-delivered in a snappy, girl-power tone-and her subjects-any one of whom could star in a book of her own-are timely and compelling."
-Shelf Awareness

"Maggs condenses these storied lives effectively, and young feminists and supporters of women in STEM will applaud."

"In a down-to-earth and often humorous tone, Maggs provides a[n] . . . anthology of biographies on trailblazing women [that] is likely to draw attention from a variety of readers but will especially appeal to those interested in women's history and STEM . . . "
-Library Journal

"Whether you want to know about suffragists, awesome historical lady ninjas, or the other butt kicking, trailblazing smarties in between, Wonder Women will have something for you!"
-Amy Poehler's Smart Girls

"We could all stand to learn more about women in STEM fields, and Maggs', whose book The Fangirl's Guide to the Galaxy is a gem, is just the writer to lead the way."

"History should be everyone's favorite subject, and if more people approached it (and wrote about it) like Maggs does, perhaps it would be."

"Embracing incredible women from all ages, of various races, and from different continents, the accounts of these extraordinary figures are spellbinding and inspirational."
-Manhattan Book Review

"[Wonder Women] is a valuable addition to women's studies. Maggs successfully shows that women can perform as well as men if they are given an equal playing ground."
-Washington Book Review

"These are incredible and inspirational true stories of women who dared to dream in a man's world. Additional, briefer vignettes of other notable and accomplished women round out this fascinating, educational 'must-have' for both school and public library collections."
-Midwest Book Review
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About Sam Maggs

Sam Maggs is a writer, geek girl, television professional, and author of The Fangirl s Guide to the Galaxy (Quirk, 2015). She s also a former associate editor for the Mary Sue and was voted 2013 s Awesome Geek Feminist of the Year by Women Write Comics. She hosts the Cineplex Pre-Show where six million people a month see her before every movie in Canada and is a weekly pop culture commentator on 102.1 The Edge, one of Toronto s most popular morning radio shows. SOPHIA FOSTER-DIMINO is an illustrator and cartoonist whose work has appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times, and the Google homepage. Author Residence: Toronto, ON, Canada. Sophia Foster-Dimino is an illustrator and cartoonist whose work has appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times, and the Google homepage, among others. She graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2010 with a BFA in illustration and likes comics, videogames, biking, food, and zines. Illustrator Residence: San Francisco, CA.
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4 37% (779)
3 19% (387)
2 5% (114)
1 2% (50)
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