It goes without saying that I am a feminist. An intersectional feminist and I am proud to be one. So when Quirk Books offered me a chance to read and review Sam Maggs’s new book about great women, I couldn’t say no. Not to mention I loved her Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy.
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 stickto-itiveness, complete with portraits by Google doodler Sophia Foster-Dimino, an extensive
bibliography, and a guide to present-day women-centric STEM organizations.
I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange of a review. No compensation in any form was received for the review of this book.
This book celebrates women. It acknowledges significant contributions of different women in different fields such as innovation, science and medicine.
I really love how informative and enjoyable this book was and I appreciated Sam Maggs’s narration of their stories because it’s so much easier to read and understand. Her writing makes these women more relatable.
The cover says 25 women, but really it features so much more. I have to admit that I have no idea who most of these women were, except for a few ones like Ada Lovelace, Dr. Fe del Mundo (who’s a Filipina too!), Sacagawea, Amelia Earhart, and Marie Curie. And I really love learning about these women because their stories about success were really empowering and inspiring. Especially for the ones who excelled in their field during the old times where women were only considered for household work. It brought me so much joy to read about them.
I think this book is really educational and I would consider it to be recommended for educational libraries and courses. Also, with how the book is written (and it comes with beautiful illustrations too!), it’s easier for others (read: men lol) to read it. This book also challenges sexism and misogyny in our society, which I think we all should really topple. I’m glad this book exists, I’m glad there are people like Sam Maggs who writes about these people, these women who deserves far greater recognition because they literally changed history and significantly contributed a lot to the society.
WONDER WOMEN PRE-ORDER CAMPAIGN
You can get these beautiful wallpapers once you pre-order Wonder Women. In addition, everyone who pre-orders will be entered in a raffle for a chance to win a framed print signed by the artists including Sam Maggs.
For more information, check out Quirk Books’ post here.