Published by Quirk Books on October 4th 2016
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We all know women are fierce powerhouses of achievement in all areas, but sadly it’s taken the world a little too long to catch on. History is peppered with stories of women doing the work and men getting the credit. Thankfully, Sam Maggs and her new book are here to right some of those wrongs. Wonder Women: 25 Innovators, Inventors , and Trailblazers Who Changed History is an eye-opening, fist-pumping portrait of 25 women with stories that were swept away by the past. The best thing about Wonder Women? Maggs is just as annoyed by history’s misogyny as we all are and throws in some great added commentary to highlight it along the way.
“Oh, and Lise also became Germany’s first female physics professor, although the press laughed and called her inaugural speech ‘cosmetic physics’ instead of ‘cosmic physics.’ (Get it? Because she’s a lady and ladies like makeup! Hilarious.)”
The quick, few page profiles of each woman made the book perfect for short bits of reading time and also got me thinking about the way we introduce nonfiction to children. It seems like there’s a decent amount of nonfiction around for younger kids, but we start to send the message that nonfiction is a school thing by the time they start moving into YA. Though not necessarily geared toward a specific age, books like Wonder Women are a perfect reminder that facts can be just as fun as fiction.