A new book out Tuesday challenges the male-centric history of science. Women haven’t just succeeded in this industry, argues author Rachel Swaby, they’ve reigned supreme.
While yesterday’s tweets were fun, the problem they poked fun at is real. When rocket scientist Yvonne Brill died in 2013, the New York Times decided to open her obituary not with professional accolades, but with how well she cooked beef stroganoff. This understandably frustrated Rachel Swaby, so she wrote Headstrong: 52 Women Who Changed Science and the World (published last April), to raise more awareness of awesome female scientists. That seems the sort of thing that y’all might be interested in–and could tide you over until the RP book comes out.
This other article has a larger list of the women you can expect to find discussed in the book.