Excited about the new movie Hidden Figures, about African-American women mathematicians who helped NASA win the Space Race? You should also check out the book that inspired the movie and these other biographies of women in the sciences.


Some highlights from our list:

Lab Girl by Hope Jaren – A paleobiologist traces her childhood in her father’s laboratory, her longtime relationship with a brilliant but wounded colleague and the remarkable discoveries they have made both in the lab and during extensive field research assignments.

The Glass Universe, by Dava Sobel – The little-known true story of the unexpected and remarkable contributions to astronomy made by a group of women working in the Harvard College Observatory from the late 1800s through the mid-1900s.

womeninsciencejAlso don’t miss this great children’s book:
Women in Science: 50 fearless pioneers
who changed the world
, by Rachel Ignotofsky-
A charmingly illustrated book profiling women scientists
around the world and throughout history, from the
ancient Greek mathematician, philosopher, and
astronomer, Hypatia, to Marie Curie, physicist and chemist.


Or, if you want more movies with female scientists in the lead, we’ve got you covered there, too!


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Don’t see your favorite female scientist book or movie on our list? Let us know in the comments!