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Women in STEAM

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March is Women’s History Month, when we remember the vital role of women in our nation’s history.

Despite a history of being discouraged from entering them, women have long been making contributions to STEM/STEAM fields.  Their contributions have entered into pop culture with movies like Hidden Figures and fictionalized into TV series like The Bletchley Circle. These books highlight women who shine in these fields as well as the unsung heroes who expanded our understanding in them.   

Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly 

The story behind the movie about the African American women mathematicians at NASA whose work made many of America’s achievements in space possible.  Available as an eBook on Overdrive and eAudiobook on Overdrive.  Also available in eBook format on Hoopla. 

Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Woman Code Breakers who Helped Win World War II by Liza Mundy  

The true story of young American women who cracked key Axis codes during World War II.  Their work shortened the war, saved lives, and gave them access to careers previously denied to them. Available as both eBook and eAudiobook on Overdrive 

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot 

The true story of a Southern tobacco farmer, whose “immortal” cells were taken, without her knowledge or consent and grown in culture for more than 60 years.  These cells have been instrumental in the creation of the polio vaccine; helped uncover the secrets of cancer, viruses, and the effects of atomic bombs; have helped advancements in in vitro fertilization, cloning, and gene mappin; and launched the multimillion dollar biological materials industry.  Available as both ebook and eAudiobook from Overdrive