When kids think of the modern scientist — who do they think of? Usually, Bill Nye the Science Guy will come to mind (and why not? His catchy theme song has infected the minds of all American kids since 1993). That …may be it. Some kids may know of Stephen Hawking, Neil Degrasse Tyson, or Michio Kaku.
The pattern? All of these modern day scientists have one thing in common: they are all men.
Stephanie Espy set out to change that.
Stephanie Espy is a Chemical Engineer and author who decided to shine a light on 44 of today’s modern women scientists. “I have always been passionate about STEM,” She writes on her website about why she wrote the book to begin with. “and I’m equally passionate about getting more girls and young women excited about STEM too. I wrote this book with a mission: to help girls and young women to see their future selves as scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians, and to show them the many diverse options that exist in STEM.”
With this book, she reached her goal and did it spectacularly.
Out of graciousness, I was sent a copy of this book. Because my life was so hectic, it took me a while to actually get around to reading it, but when I did — I had a hard time putting it down when real life called me to get some work done.
My first thought was: “Why is this not in every school library?”
These short biographies of these women in STEM give a fun look to their lives, their positions, and their passions. However, not only did Espy provide 44 role models in STEM from all sorts of walks of life — she does something else for the readers, too. Past all of the bios is advice that Espy has written specifically for the girls who pick up this book. Advice towards who to get started in STEM, and how to keep up with your goals in these fields. Taking the stories from the 44 gems, and creating practical guidance from them.
This books is excellently written on top of it all. It kept my attention, and it taught me about these women effectively. It’s bound to keep the attention of children in class, and it really should be required reading, or at least suggested reading for science classes. It would also be an excellent choice for a book report.
I keep mentioning children reading this, but really, it’s fantastic for all ages. The writing doesn’t talk down to the reader in the least, and everyone can learn something from it. My guess is that most people who pick up this book haven’t heard of all of these women — if they’ve heard of any of them to begin with.
Consider supporting Stephanie Espy in her efforts buy purchasing her book here. You won’t be sorry you did it.
*Mariah was given a copy of this book to read and review for free. This post is otherwise non-sponosered.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Mariah Loeber is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of FemSTEM.com. She studies English and is a huge fan of all things STEM. Find her on Twitter.