Changing the Equation: 50+ US Black Women in STEM

By: Tonya Bolden

Award-winning author Tonya Bolden explores the black women who have changed the world of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) in America. Including groundbreaking computer scientists, doctors, inventors, physicists, pharmacists, mathematicians, aviators, and many more, this book celebrates more than 50 women who have shattered the glass ceiling, defied racial discrimination, and pioneered in their fields. In these profiles, young readers will find role models, inspirations, and maybe even reasons to be the STEM leaders of tomorrow. These stories help young readers to dream big and stay curious.

Source notes. Selected sources. Index. Full-color and black-and-white photographs and reproductions.

ISBN: 9781419707346

JLG Release: Apr 2020


Sensitive Areas: Discrimination: Racial Insensitivity/Racism, Sexual Content: Mild Sexual Content/Themes
Topics: African American women scientists , Women in science , Minorities in science , Biography , History of science , STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics)

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Bolden’s broad view of STEM, including profiles of physicians and medical professionals, is aimed at middle grade readers interested in science careers. The book opens with a section (“In the Vanguard”) devoted to black women who battled racism and discrimination following the Civil War. Rebecca Crumpler, who worked as a nurse, was born free Bolden’s broad view of STEM, including profiles of physicians and medical professionals, is aimed at middle grade readers interested in science careers. The book opens with a section (“In the Vanguard”) devoted to black women who battled racism and discrimination following the Civil War. Rebecca Crumpler, who worked as a nurse, was born free in Delaware. She decided to move to Virginia right after the war to assist with the injured. Many women in the book earned pioneer status: the first to pass a state medical exam, graduate from medical college, practice medicine, or head a science department. Most poignant are the trailblazers whose discoveries, like a humane treatment for leprosy, resulted in their deaths from side effects of the experiment. The second section celebrates those who entered aviation, bacteriology, mathematics, and architecture. The third section features geneticists, marine biologists, and the inventor of the device to remove cataracts. Milestones that mark each era (the Declaration of Sentiments written in 1848 to advance women’s rights; the passage of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in 1964) are noted. Even though it is a pleasure to discover so many overlooked geniuses, including Angie Lena Turner King (Katherine Johnson’s mentor), it’s sobering to learn that only one percent of black women earned engineering degrees in 2015. Bolden, a master of the collective biography, presents an impeccably-researched call to action, imploring black girls to fight the racial and gender imbalance that plagues the STEM field.

Book Details

ISBN

9781419707346

First Release

April 2020

Genre

Nonfic

Dewey Classification

509.2

Trim Size

8 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Page Count

208

Accelerated Reader

N/A

Scholastic Reading Counts

N/A

Lexile

N/A

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Abrams

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Discrimination: Racial Insensitivity/Racism, Sexual Content: Mild Sexual Content/Themes

Topics

African American women scientists, Women in science, Minorities in science, Biography, History of science, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics),

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