International Day of Women and Girls in Science (02/24) – Szilárd Library

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International Day of Women and Girls in Science (02/24)

February’s New books display is dedicated to International Day of Women and Girls in Science. Thanks to suggestions of EDI office, our EDI special collection is growing.

A lab of one's own : one woman's personal journey through sexism in science (Simon & Schuster 2020)

By Rita Colwell and Sharon Bertsch McGrayne

A Lab of One’s Own documents all Colwell has seen and heard over her six decades in science, from sexual harassment in the lab to obscure systems blocking women from leading professional organizations or publishing their work. Along the way, she encounters other women pushing back against the status quo, including a group at MIT who revolt when they discover their labs are a fraction of the size of their male colleagues’.

Breaking Through: My Life in Science (Crown 2023)

By Dr. Katalin Karikó

” A powerful memoir from Katalin Karikó, winner of the 2023 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, whose decades-long research led to the COVID-19 vaccines.Breaking Through isn’t just the story of an extraordinary woman. It’s an indictment of closed-minded thinking and a testament to one woman’s commitment to laboring intensely in obscurity-knowing she might never be recognized in a culture that is driven by prestige, power, and privilege-because she believed her work would save lives.”


Women in stem disciplines : the Yfactor 2016 global report on gender in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (Springer 2016)

By Claudine Schmuck

This book provides revealing insights into the situation of women both in STEM education and the employment of women by drawing on a range of public and private databases. Presents a global perspective on women in STEM based innovations, with detailed analyses by geographical area. Brings together a unique blend of perspectives, thanks to partnerships with institutions, NGOs and the private sector

Rosalind Franklin : the dark lady of DNA (HarperCollins 2003)

By Brenda Maddox

In 1962, Maurice Wilkins, Francis Crick, and James Watson received the Nobel Prize, but it was Rosalind Franklin’s data and photographs of DNA that led to their discovery. Brenda Maddox tells a powerful story of a remarkably single-minded, forthright, and tempestuous young woman who, at the age of fifteen, decided she was going to be a scientist, but who was airbrushed out of the greatest scientific discovery of the twentieth century.


Astronauts : women on the final frontier (First Second 2020)

By Jim Ottaviani

The U.S. may have put the first man on the moon, but it was the Soviet space program that made Valentina Tereshkova the first woman in space. It took years to catch up, but soon NASA’s first female astronauts were racing past milestones of their own. The trail-blazing women of Group 9, NASA’s first mixed gender class, had the challenging task of convincing the powers that be that a woman’s place is in space, but they discovered that NASA had plenty to learn about how to make space travel possible for everyone.