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Super Women: Six Scientists Who Changed the World

3.7  ·  Rating details ·  47 Ratings  ·  25 Reviews
Profiles of six amazing women who defied prejudice to succeed in the sciences using genius, ambition, and perseverance! Laurie Lawlor deftly paints portraits of each of these pioneers who refused to take no for an answer, pursuing their passions through fieldwork, observations, laboratories and research vessels in the face of sexism. Lawlor tells the stories of Eugenie Cla ...more
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published April 26th 2017 by Holiday House
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Montzalee Wittmann
Apr 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Super Women: Six Scientists Who Changed the World by Laurie Lawlor tells of wonderful women that stand out in this world of men and stand out BIG! All the women are amazing in their field but when I was growing up I couldn't get enough of Genie Clark! I would read all about her adventures in kid's books and in magazines. I adored her and her accomplishments and still do. All these women deserve a great deal of respect for all they have done! Thanks NetGalley for sharing this knowledge and great ...more
Amy Nicole
I really appreciate literature that highlights the achievements of women, especially women of color. This book focuses on six scientists from modern history: Eugenie Clark (ichthyologist), Katherine Coleman Johnson (mathematician for NASA), Gertrude Elion (pharmacologist & inventor of treatments for leukemia and AIDS), Marie Tharp (underwater cartographer), Florence Hawley Ellis (anthropologist & creator of tree ring dating, and Margaret Burbidge (astrophysicist who theorized quasars).

Kristin Davison
Read: 22/3/17
To be published: 31/3/17

I would like to thank netgalley and Myrick Marketing & Media, LLC for the opportunity to read this book.

This is an important book that needed to be written and read. It tells the story of six little known women pioneers in science. It's important that their stories are told and that girls are actively encouraged to pursue STEM careers. I really enjoyed the piece on Florence Hawley Ellis an archaeologist who pioneered dendrology (I am training to be an arc
Scottsdale Public Library
A marine biologist who discovered the first effective shark repellent; a biochemist who shares the honor of being one of only five women in the 87 years of its history to win a Nobel Prize in science or physiology; a “computer” by the name of Katherine Johnson whose name is now recognizable, thanks to the book and film “Hidden Figures”. Get to know the life and work of these women, along with three other scientists. A recommended read for young children, whether for a school assignment or just t ...more
Sharon Tyler
Jun 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Super Women: Six Scientists Who Changed the World by Laurie Lawlor profiles six amazing women who defied prejudice to succeed in the sciences using genius, ambition, and perseverance. Each of these pioneers refused to take no for an answer, pursuing their passions through fieldwork, observations, laboratories and research vessels in the face of sexism. Lawlor tells the stories of Eugenie Clark, an ichthyologist who swam with sharks; Marie Tharp, a cartographer who mapped the ocean floor; Katheri ...more
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Lawlor, Laurie Super Women : Six Scientists Who Changed the World, NON-FICTION. 58 pgs. Holiday House, 2017. $17.95. Content: G.

These mini-biographies would work nicely as a springboard in a career unit or a biography unit, however, although it is short it is not simple. The vocabulary is often challenging (inauspicious, heresy, inferiority), and while a glossary is included, it confines itself to scientific terms. It’s a larger format boo
Aug 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
I am very impressed by all six of the women included in this book. I had heard of Eugenie Clark and Katherine Johnson, but the others were to me. Each of these women had to work around the system that would have kept them from their chosen careers due to their gender, and sometimes their race, too. If you are someone who gets frustrated by stories of inequity and prejudice, then you may need to do some deep breathing while you read Super Women. Eugenie Clark was held for questioning by the FBI d ...more
Jun 11, 2017 rated it liked it
The six scientists who are featured in this collection of mini biographies are: Eugenie Clark - a zoologist who specialized in sea life and discovered the first effective shark repellent; Gertrude Elion - a chemist who was a pioneer in drug development and even won a Nobel Prize; Katherine Coleman Johnson who worked as a computer for the space program and was instrumental in many of the early space flights being successful; Marie Tharp who mapped the ocean floor; Florence Hawley Ellis an archaeo ...more
Anni Welborne
May 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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What do an ichthyologist, a cartographer, a mathematician, and anthropologist, and a pharmacologist have in common? In this book, they share the fact that they are women. Further, some of them are women of color, a double-whammy in the world of science. But none of them let these facts hold them back.

I found this book fascinating, engrossing, and completely engaging. I loved how the author painted these women as real women with real desires facing real challenges of discrimination. From not even
Mrs.Melaugh Melaugh
May 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Six short biographies (about ten pages each) of ground-breaking women of science are presented. All were born in the first two decades of the twentieth century between 1906 and 1922. Though they represent widely differing fields and accomplishments, all overcame gender-based obstacles to have a career as a woman scientist at that time. They are: Katherine Coleman Johnson (NASA mathematician), Eugenie Clark (underwater research), Gertrude Elion (Nobel Prize for pharmaceutical research), Marie Tha ...more
Jun 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
In this book, Lawlor presents six stories of women whose drive for discovery led them tounprecedented success in scientific fields – ranging from anthropology to astronomy – that wereunwelcoming to women. Part biography, part history of science, each chapter uses the curiosityof the scientist as its focal point, drawing in readers with the force of each scientist’s personalityand keeping them with details of the discoveries she made. This well-researched book providescitations for its quotes and ...more
May 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
6 women scientists that made great discoveries and have made a huge impact on the world (whether we knew about them or not) - and not one of them is Marie Curie! 1) Katherine Coleman Johnson (made famous by the Hidden Figures movie): mathematician for NASA, 2) Eugenie Clark: aka The Shark Lady, ichthyologist and underwater explorer, 3) Gertrude Elion: won a Nobel prize for her discoveries in medicine, 4) Marie Tharp: created accurate and beautiful maps of the ocean floor, 5) Florence Hawley Elli ...more
Vannessa Anderson
Oct 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: youth-children
Super Women is about extraordinary women who left their footprints in History. We learn how these women were instrumental in many things we now appreciate.

Super Women is a great reminder of what women can accomplish if they stick to their plan and not wait for opportunities to fall in their laps but to be courageous and make their own opportunities.

Super Women was an inspiring read.
Jun 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars // Even though this book was a good bit above a five year old's reading and comprehension level, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this with Willow. I LOVED the message it sends - to work hard, fight, and never give up on your dreams. The women in this book were nothing short of amazing and inspiring and I think it's so important to show kids that gender and race should never limit or determine one's potential.
May 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book, about six women I knew nothing about. They were pioneers in their fields as scientists and as women. Each section is a great introduction to each woman and her work. The one criticism I have it that the pictures of Katherine Coleman Johnson are in black and white, as are all the photos, but it's not obvious she's a black woman. She was facing even more barriers because she was black as well as a woman.
Heather Johnson
May 22, 2018 rated it liked it
I’m glad I took this opportunity to learn about the lives and work of these incredible female scientists. I think that my tastes requires a longer story with more for me to connect to emotionally. However, this would make for a quick, informative read for anyone interested in women’s rights and science.
Jul 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Excellent biography source about six women I did not know much about. Inspiring.
Nov 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Always good to read inspirational profiles of strong, talented women who persevered and succeeded in spite of obstacles along the way. Women strong!
Apr 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
** I received an uneditied proof of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**

Super Women by Laurie Lawlor shares biographies of six female scientists, whose discoveries have had an immeasurable impact on the world, but due to their gender, have been forgotten by history.
This book includes biographies about Shark expert Eugenie Clark, Medical researcher Gertrude Elion and NASA ‘computer’ Katherine Coleman Johnson.

Why did I pick this book up?
I have a number of older students wh
Mar 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Laurie Lawlor writes the most interesting books about nonfiction topics! In this time of women's issues and the need to honor women throughout history, she shares the biographic stories about six scientists who changed the world. These women all faced sexism and achieved success even when they were discriminated against in their lives. Included are a scuba diver scientist, a Nobel Prize winner for physiology/medicine, a mathematician, geologist, astronomer, and an archeologist. This fascinating ...more
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Brief, engaging introductions that will hopefully encourage readers to dig deeper into the lives and achievements of these remarkable women.
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Laurie Lawlor grew up in a family enamored with the theater. Along with her five brothers and sisters she spent summers in a summer stock repertory company in a small mountain town in Colorado that was run by their mother (costumer, cook, accountant, and resident psychiatrist) and their father (artistic director).