Recently we made a list of Equate’s favourite books and thought we would share it again. We are all finding different ways to keep ourselves engaged while we are at home and these books recognise the contributions of women not just in STEM but also, culture, literature and politics. Hopefully they will be a source of inspiration.
These books are listed in no particular order – we couldn’t possibly rank them, as they are all incredible reads!
Hidden Figures: The Story of the African-American Women Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee
Following the passing of Katherine Johnson, we had to include this on the list. Hidden Figures documents the contribution three African American mathematicians, Katherine Johnson, Mary Jackson and Dorothy Vaughan whose contributions w were critical to the success of NASA’s first orbit around the earth. Now a major motion picture but we recommend the reading the book first 😉
Where are the women? By Sara Sheridan
Everywhere you look in Scotland you can find monuments of famous men. But what if the our statues and streets weren’t named after men but after the ordinary and extraordinary women of women of Scotland that came before us. What would our history books look like then? Sara Sheridan is about to tell you and it’s history like you’ve never heard it before.
Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong by Angela Saini
Science is fact and doesn’t contain bias, right? Wrong. In this book Angelia Saini discusses the effect of sexism on scientific research, and how that sexism influences social beliefs. A must read for the science community and anyone that wants to understand the gender stereotypes we have today.
Invisible Women by Caroline Criado Perez
Give someone the gift of anger this World Book Day. From government policy and medical research, to technology, workplaces, and the media. Invisible Women reveals how in a world built for and by men we are systematically ignoring half of the population, often with disastrous consequences.
Bloody Brilliant Women: The Pioneers, Revolutionaries and Geniuses Your History Teacher Forgot to Mention by Cathy Newman
For hundreds of years we’ve been hearing about the stories of men. This book tells the stories of great, often unrecognised. Including Sophia Jex – Blake, physician, teacher and feminist who was part of the Edinburgh Seven. The first group of women to ever be officially matriculated at a British University.
The Gendered Brain: The New Neuroscience that Shatters the Myth of the Female Brain by Gina Rippon
Debunking the myth that women and men have different brains, cognitive neuroscientist Gina Rippon uses the latest research and technology to put the ‘men and women are just programmed differently’ conversation to bed, for good. Ultimately, the brain is no more gendered than the liver or kidneys or heart.