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Introduction to WiSM Reading List
This list includes representative books from the Booth Library collection pertinent to Women in Science and Math. View WiSM guest speaker videos lower in this guide. Return to this guide by using this short URL: http://booth.eiu.edu/wism.



Use this guide in two ways.

(1) Browse books by topic using these links:
        Career Guidance
        General Biographies
        History
        By Discipline (Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Computer Science, etc.)
        Science Education
        Online Reading Resources

(2) Browse the Booth Library catalog on the following subjects:
        Women in science
                also see: Women in technology, Women in engineering
        Women scientists
                also see the specific disciplines:                                                                                    
                Women archaeologists         Women engineers Women physical scientists
                Women astronauts         Women environmentalists Women physicians
                Women astronomers         Women geographers Women physicists
                Women biologists         Women inventors Women politicians
                Women chemists         Women life scientists Women primatologists
                Women computer scientists         Women mathematicians Women psychologists
                Women economists          
                also search on "Women in [discipline]" e.g., Women in medicine or Women in politics                                             
        Sex discrimination in science
        Feminism and science
        Career guidance: Women in science AND Vocational guidance


This guide was compiled by Kirstin Duffin, librarian for Biological Sciences, Chemistry, and Geology/Geography.

Other science subject librarians include:
Pam Ferrell -- Communication Disorders & Sciences and Political Science
Sarah Johnson -- Economics and Mathematics & Computer Science
Stacey Knight-Davis -- Health Studies and Nursing
David Bell  -- Physics
Bill Schultz -- Psychology and Sociology/Anthropology
Todd Bruns -- Technology

**Find our contact information here or ask a librarian for assistance.**
General Biographies
For biographies of individuals and groups of women within a particular scientific field, browse By Discipline.
 
A to Z of women in
science and math

by Lisa Yount
REF Q141 .Y675 2008
(find in Reference Room,
does not circulate)
Q141 .Y675 1999
(in circulating collection
on 1000 Level (bottom floor))

 
Ladies in the laboratory? American and British
women in science,
1800-1900

by Mary R.S. Creese
Q141 .C69 1998
Ladies in the laboratory II:
West European women in
science, 1800-1900

by Mary R.S. Creese
Q141 .C693 2004
Ladies in the laboratory
III: South African,
Australian, New Zealand,
and Canadian women in science: nineteenth and
early twentieth centuries

by Mary R.S. Creese
Q141 .C6933 2010
The Madame Curie
complex: the hidden
history of women in
science

by Julie des Jardins
Q141 .D44 2010
Nobel Prize women
in science: their lives,
struggles, and momentous discoveries

by Sharon Bertsch McGrayne
REF Q141 .M358 1998
(find in Reference Room,
does not circulate)
Q141 .M358 1993
(in circulating collection
on 1000 Level (bottom floor))
Paths to discovery: autobiographies from
Chicanas with careers in
science, mathematics,
and engineering

edited by Norma E. Cantú
Q141 .P3746 2008
Women in science:
then and now

by Vivian Gornick
Q130 .G67 2009
History
American women of
science since 1900

by Tiffany K. Wayne
REF Q141 .W42 2011
(find in Reference Room,
does not circulate)
 
The bold and the brave:
a history of women in
science and engineering

by Monique Aubry Frize
Q130 .F765 2009x
 
Hypatia's heritage: a
history of women in
science from antiquity
through the nineteenth
century

by Margaret Alic
Q130 .A48 1986b
 
Invisible sex: uncovering
the true roles of women
in prehistory

by J.M. Adovasio, Olga
Soffer, and Jake Page
GN799.W66 A36 2007
 
Ladies in the laboratory? American and British
women in science,
1800-1900

by Mary R.S. Creese
Q141 .C69 1998
Ladies in the laboratory II:
West European women in science, 1800-1900

by Mary R.S. Creese
Q141 .C693 2004
Ladies in the laboratory
III: South African,
Australian, New Zealand,
and Canadian women in science: nineteenth and
early twentieth centuries

by Mary R.S. Creese
Q141 .C6933 2010
 
The Madame Curie
complex: the hidden
history of women in
science

by Julie des Jardins
Q141 .D44 2010
Mothers and daughters
of invention: notes for
a revised history of
technology

by Autumn Stanley
T36 .S73 1995
 
The retrieval of a legacy: nineteenth-century
American women inventors

by Denise E. Pilato
T36 .P55 2000
 
Science on the home
front: American women scientists in World War II

Jordynn Jack
Q130 .J33 2009
 
Women in science: a
social and cultural
history

by Ruth Watts
Q130 .W385 2007
Women, science and
medicine 1500-1700:
mothers and sisters of
the Royal Society

edited by Lynette
Hunter & Sarah Hutton
Q41.L85 W66 1997
Women scientists in
America: struggles and
strategies to 1940

by Margaret W. Rossiter
Q130 .R68 1982
 
Women scientists in
America: before
affirmative action,
1940-1972

by Margaret W. Rossiter
Q130 .R683 1995
 
Women scientists in
America: forging a new
world since 1972

by Margaret W. Rossiter
Q130 .R6835 2012
By Discipline
A sampling of titles by discipline. Browse the Booth Library catalog (follow the second method for using this guide available at this link) for more resources by discipline.
 

Biological Sciences

Rosalind Franklin: the dark lady of DNA
by Brenda Maddox
QH506.F72 M33 2002

Notable women in the life sciences: a biographical dictionary
edited by Benjamin F. Shearer and Barbara S. Shearer
REF QH26 .N68 1996 (find in Reference Room, does not circulate)

 

Chemistry

African American women chemists
by Jeannette E. Brown
QD21 .B69 2012

Rocket girl: the story of Mary Sherman Morgan, America's first female rocket scientist
by George D. Morgan
TL781.85.M67 M67 2013

Successful women in chemistry: corporate America's contribution to science
edited by Amber S. Hinkle and Jody A. Kocsis
QD21 .S78 2005

 

Computer Science

Ada's algorithm: how Lord Byron's daughter Ada Lovelace launched the digital age
by James Essinger
QA29.L72 E87 2014

Grace Hopper and the invention of the information age
by Kurt Beyer
QA76.2.H67 B49 2009

Reconfiguring the firewall: recruiting women to information technology across cultures and continents
edited by Carol J. Burger, Elizabeth G. Creamer, and Peggy S. Meszaros
QA76.9.W65 R33 2007

Unlocking the clubhouse: women in computing
Jane Margolis and Allan Fisher
QA76.25 .M35 2002

 

Economics

A biographical dictionary of women economists
edited by Robert W. Dimand, Mary Ann Dimand, and Evelyn L. Forget
REF HB76 .B535 2000 (find in Reference Room, does not circulate)

A bibliography of female economic thought to 1940
by Kirsten K. Madden, Janet A. Seiz, and Michele Pujol
REF Z7164.E2 M34 2004 (find in Reference Room, does not circulate)

 

Engineering & Technology

Girls coming to tech! a history of American engineering education for women
by Amy Sue Bix
TA157.5 .B59 2013

Patently female: from AZT to TV dinners, stories of women inventors and their breakthrough ideas
by Ethlie Ann Vare and Greg Stacek
REF T36 .V38 2002 (find in Reference Room, does not circulate)

Women in engineering: professional life
edited by Margaret E. Layne
TA157 .W676 2009

 

Environmental Sciences

Rachel Carson and her sisters: extraordinary women who have shaped America's environment
by Robert K. Musil
QH31.C33 M87 2014

Women pioneers for the environment
by Mary Joy Breton
GE55 .B74 1998

 

Mathematics

Change is possible: stories of women and minorities in mathematics
by Patricia Clark Kenschaft
QA10.5 .K46 2005

Complexities: women in mathematics
edited by Bettye Anne Case and Anne M. Leggett
REF QA27.5 .C66 2005 (find in Reference Room, does not circulate)

Hypatia of Alexandria: mathematician and martyr
by Michael A.B. Deakin
QA29.H88 D43 2007

 

Medicine

The changing face of medicine: women doctors and the evolution of health care in America
by Ann K. Boulis and Jerry A. Jacobs
R692 .B675 2008

A lab of my own
by Neena B. Schwartz
R692 .S38x 2010

Women physicians and the cultures of medicine
edited by Ellen S. More, Elizabeth Fee,and  Manon Parry
R692 .W677 2009

Women pioneers of medical research: biographies of 25 outstanding scientists
by King-Thom Chung
REF R850 .C485 2010 (find in Reference Room, does not circulate)

 

Physics & Astronomy

Laura Bassi and science in 18th Century Europe: the extraordinary life and role of Italy's pioneering female professor
by Monique Frize
Access eBook here

A passion for physics: the story of a woman physicist
by Joan Freeman
QC16.F713 A3 1991

Under the radar: the first woman in radio astronomy, Ruby Payne-Scott
by W.M. Goss and Richard X. McGee
Access eBook here
Science Education
Online Reading Resources

Lady Science

[From website:] We are a multifaceted collaborative writing project focused on women in science, technology, and medicine. Our purpose is to highlight women's lives and contributions to scientific fields, to critique representations of women in history and popular culture, and to provide an accessible and inclusive platform for writing about women on the web. 
WiSM Guest Speaker Videos


Dr. Nadya Mason, from the University of Illinois Department of Physics, gives a presentation on being a minority in the science world to faculty, students and staff at Eastern Illinois University. This event was sponsored by the College of Sciences and Minority Mentoring in Mathematics and Sciences at Eastern Illinois University.




Dr. Sheila G. Bailey, a Senior Physicist at NASA, talks to EIU students about the opportunities available for women who are interested in pursuing a career in physics.