With two daughters, we’ve work hard to not define things based on stereotypical gender roles. Like when we bought a kite a few months ago, they wanted a scary shark instead of the pretty butterfly. No problem. My daughters have a green bike and a red Cars scooter. Basically, we’re trying to emphasize that they can like whatever the heck they like and not define themselves as a “boy’s color” or a “girl’s job.”
A couple of nights ago, I asked my engineer husband if he could name any famous women in science…and he thought and thought and said, “Marie Curie.”
This is why I love Headstrong: 52 Women Who Changed Science-and the World. This is exactly the kind of book we want our children to read, and I have to say it’s the kind of book we need! My girls have shown interest in their dad’s science experiments with them and we want STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) as part of their upbringing. Yes, girls can like science too!
The book focuses on women in different fields of science. Each woman has a short chapter of her own, and I see this as a starting point where you could find more about her research and discoveries elsewhere. The author suggests reading a chapter a week and I think that would be fun as part of reading with my kids.
It’s really inspiring to read stories about their persistence. The book is very readable and it’s not bogged down with overly technical terms that I didn’t understand.
I think the book would have been made even better with visuals and photographs of the women and their research.
I wish this book would have been around when I was younger!
Disclaimer: I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review. All opinions are my own.