Are you looking for more Lab Girl related reading material?  We’ll be featuring a book list every week in October to celebrate our Big Read!  This week, we’re focusing on women in science in honor of our Kick-off Women in Science Panel on 10/3/20 at 7 p.m.  Click here to register for the event!

For more information about NEA Big Read: Ellsworth, please click here.

Women In Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed The World by Rachel Ignotofsky

A collection of artworks inspired by the lives and achievements of fifty famous women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, from the ancient world to the present, profiles each notable individual.

Headstrong: 52 Women Who Changed Science-And the World by Rachel Swaby

Covering Nobel Prize winners and major innovators, as well as lesser-known but hugely significant scientists who influence our every day, Rachel Swaby’s … profiles span centuries of courageous thinkers and illustrate how each one’s ideas developed, from their first moment of scientific engagement through the research and discovery for which they’re best known.

Broad Band The Untold Story of the Women Who Made the Internet by Claire Lisa Evans

The history of technology you probably know is one of men and machines, garages and riches, alpha nerds and brogrammers. But the little-known fact is that female visionaries have always been at the vanguard of technology and innovation–they’ve just been erased from the story. Until now. Women are not ancillary to the history of technology; they turn up at the very beginning of every important wave. But they’ve often been hidden in plain sight, their inventions and contributions touching our lives in ways we don’t even realize. VICE reporter and YACHT lead singer Claire L. Evans finally gives these unsung female heroes their due with her insightful social history of the Broad Band, the women who made the internet what it is today. Learn from Ada Lovelace, the tortured, imaginative daughter of Lord Byron, who wove numbers into the first program for a mechanical computer in 1842. Seek inspiration from Grace Hopper, the tenacious mathematician who democratized computing by leading the charge for machine-independent programming languages after World War II. Meet Elizabeth “Jake” Feinler, the one-woman Google who kept the earliest version of the Internet online, and Stacy Horn, who ran one of the first-ever social networks on a shoestring out of her New York City apartment in the 1980s. Evans shows us how these women built and colored the technologies we can’t imagine life without. Join the ranks of the pioneers who defied social convention and the longest odds to become database poets, information-wranglers, hypertext dreamers, and glass ceiling-shattering dot com-era entrepreneurs. This inspiring call to action is a revelation: women have embraced technology from the start. It shines a light on the bright minds whom history forgot, and shows us how they will continue to shape our world in ways we can no longer ignore. Welcome to the Broad Band. You’re next.

Women Who Launched The Computer Age by Laurie Calkhoven

True story of six women who programmed the ENIAC computer as part of a secret WWII mission. They learned to program the computer without any software, instructions or tools (none existed.)

Space Engineer and Scientist Margaret Hamilton by Domenica di Piazza Margaret Hamilton wrote the computer software that helped humans land on the moon. Learn about Hamilton’s fascinating career, including her role in the moon landing

Obsessive genius: the Inner World of Marie Curie by Barbara Goldsmith Draws on diaries, letters, and family interviews to discuss the lesser-known achievements and scientific insights of the Nobel Prize-winning scientist, documenting how she was compromised by the prejudices of a male-dominated society.

Margaret and the Moon: how Margaret Hamilton saved the first lunar landing by Dean Roberts

Ada Lovelace Cracks the Code by Corinne Purtill

From the world of Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls comes a story based on the exciting adventures of Ada Lovelace: one of the world’s first computer programmers. Growing up in nineteenth century London, England, Ada is curious about absolutely everything. She is obsessed with machines and with creatures that fly. She even designs her own flying laboratory! According to her mother, Ada is a bit too wild, so she encourages Ada to study math. At first Ada thinks: Bleh! Who can get excited about a subject without pictures? But she soon falls in love with it. One day she encounters a mysterious machine, and from that moment forward Ada imagines a future full of possibility—one that will eventually inspire the digital age nearly two hundred years later. Ada Lovelace Cracks the Code is the story of a pioneer in the computer sciences, and a testament to women’s invaluable contributions to STEM throughout history. Includes additional text on Ada Lovelace’s lasting legacy, as well as educational activities designed to teach simple coding and mathematical concepts.

Ada Byron Lovelace and the Thinking Machine by Laurie Wallmark

On a Farther Shore: the Life and Legacy of Rachel Carson by William Souder

Courage For the Earth: Writers, Scientists and Activists Celebrate the Life and Writing of Rachel Carson

Rachel Carson’s lyrical, popular books about the sea, including her best-selling The Sea Around Us, “set a standard for nature writing for all time, to come” (Roger-Caras) By the late 1950s, Carson was the most respected science writer in America. She completed Silent Spring (1962) against formidable personal odds, and with it_shaped a powerful social movement that has altered the course of history. In Silent Spring Carson asserted that “the right of the citizen to be secure in his own home against the intrusion of poisons applied by other persons” must surely be a basic human right. She was the first to challenge the moral vacuity of a government that refused to take responsibility for, or even to acknowledge evidence of, environmental damage. In this volume, today’s foremost scientists and writers give compelling evidence that Carson’s transformative insights – her courage for the earth -are giving a new generation of activists the inspiration they need to move consumers, industry, and government to action.

Hope For Animals and their World: How endangered species are being rescued from the brink by Jane Goodall

Along with Cincinnati Zoo driector Thane Maynard and coauthor Gail Hudson, she reveals fascinating survival stories about formerly endangered species whose populations are now recovering”

Me, Jane by Patrick McDonnell Holding her stuffed toy chimpanzee, young Jane Goodall observes nature, reads Tarzan books, and dreams of living in Africa and helping animals, in a story that includes biographical information on the prominent zoologist

The Watcher: Jane Goodall’s Life with the Chimps by Jeanette Winter

Gorillas in the Mist by Dian Fossey

Hidden Figures: the American Dream and the Untold story of the Black women Mathematicians who Helped win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly (There are juvenile nonfiction versions of this as well.) 

Voyager: an Adventure to the Edge of the Solar System by Sally Ride Describes the twelve-year Voyager missions to Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune, including details of the spacecraft and their discoveries about the planets and their moons

Dive! by Sylvia A. Earle

Disclosing the Past by Mary D. Leakey

Mae Jemison: Out of this World by Corinne J. Naden Chronicles the life of Mae Jemison, an astronaut who became the first African American woman in space.

Grace Hopper Queen of Computer Code by Laurie Wallmark This is a children’s book biography of Grace Hopper, who played a prominent role in the early days of computers

A Computer Called Katherine: How Katherine Johnson helped put America on the Moon by Suzanne Slade Biography of NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson.

Reaching For the Moon: The Autobiography of NASA Mathematician Katherine Johnson by Katherine Johnson “The inspiring autobiography of NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson, who helped launch Apollo 11

Counting on Katherine by Helaine Becker “You’ve likely heard of the historic Apollo 13 [mission]. But do you know about the mathematical genius who made sure that Apollo 13 returned safely home? As a child, Katherine Johnson loved to count. She counted the steps on the road, the number of dishes and spoons she washed in the kitchen sink, everything! Boundless, curious, and excited by calculations, young Katherine longed to know as much as she could about math, about the universe. From Katherine’s early beginnings as a gifted student to her heroic accomplishments as a prominent mathematician at NASA, this is the story of a groundbreaking American woman who not only calculated the course of moon landings but, in turn, saved lives and made enormous contributions to history.”

In Search of the Canary Tree: the story of a scientist, a cypress, and a changing world By Lauren E. Oakes Several years ago, ecologist Lauren E. Oakes set out from California for Alaska’s old-growth forests to hunt for a dying tree: the yellow-cedar. With climate change as the culprit, the death of this species meant loss for many Alaskans. Oakes and her research team wanted to chronicle how plants and people could cope with their rapidly changing world. Amidst the standing dead, she discovered the resiliency of forgotten forests, flourishing again in the wake of destruction, and a diverse community of people who persevered to create new relationships with the emerging environment. Eloquent, insightful, and deeply heartening, In Search of the Canary Tree is a case for hope in a warming world.