Swaby, Rachel Trailblazers: 33 Women in Science Who Changed the World, 167 pgs. Delacorte Press, 2016. $15.99 Content: Language: PG (1 swear); Mature Content: G; Violence: G.
Thirty-three different women scientists are categorized into four areas of science: technology and invention, earth and stars, health and medicine, and biology. Each category is given a two page introduction before each chapter is broken into a short biography of 4-6 pages about each woman and their contribution to science. The scientific explanation of what they discovered is simplified and the eventual recognition they received is also listed.
I enjoyed this book, reading a couple of chapters a day. I think the overall emphasis was that women made amazing, life-changing contributions to our world and often times they were met with discrimination and hardship because of their gender. This would be a book for teachers to break up and assign different women scientists, but I'm not sure how many kids would read this cover to cover. I also wish there would have been a little more about their personal lives.
MS, HS – OPTIONAL. Reviewer, C. Peterson.