Greatest Science Books of 2016, BrainPickings.org "Years ago, I saw a photograph of a young boy in a collection of images from Life magazine. He sits on a stoop with his head thrown back, ecstatically hugging a new pair of shoes. I can imagine a young girl feeling that way about this book. Even before you start to read, the spell is cast. The illustrations are gorgeous, irresistible whimsy. The cover lettering shines silver against a caressable black matte surface. And then you start reading. Here are women who dared, who pioneered, who took risks and changed the world. Here is Jane Goodall as a young girl, scaring the family's chickens by "trying to observe how they laid eggs." Here is Alice Ball, discovering a cure for leprosy. Here's microbiologist Esther Lederberg, so broke she cooked up the leftover frog legs from the dissection lab. Here's Rosalind Franklin, documenting DNA's distinctive double helix (only to have her work pirated by Watson and Crick). Here are physicists, astronauts, mathematicians. Vulcanologist and entomologists. Inventors and Nobel laureates. Here is inspiration. I can't wait to wrap this book up and give it to my granddaughter Gus the moment she's old enough."
- Mary Roach, author of Gulp, for Google Play's "Our Favorite Authors' Favorite Books of 2016" "This charming encyclopedia includes a page of text and a fanciful drawing of the women scientists you've heard of -- and plenty who you haven't! The book has good coverage of the 1800s and early 1900s -- a critical time when women's expanding participation in science was changing the very structure of how knowledge is pursued. Interspersed with gems like a colorful timeline of women's achievements, and a cartoon celebrating a wonderful hoard of lab supplies, Ignotofsky's profiles of diverse female scientists is a great addition to the shelf of any student, of any age."