Women in Science Recommendations: Books & Films

Posted by: yetheart, March 20, 2019 5:26 pm
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Enchantress of Numbers by Jennifer Chiaverini

We hope you’ve been enjoying our month-long celebration of Women in Science and the important role they play in our society!

In addition to our special programs and events, we’ve compiled a list of books and movies for you to enjoy this month and beyond. Here are some of our suggestions!


Enchantress of Numbers
by Jennifer Chiaverini

The New York Times-bestselling author illuminates the life of Ada Byron King, Countess of Lovelace—Lord Byron’s daughter and the world’s first computer programmer.

The Other Einstein
by Marie Benedict

Benedict offers us a look at Einstein's wife, Mileva Marić, a brilliant physicist in her own right whose contribution to the special theory of relativity is hotly debated.

by Jeff VanderMeer

The first book in the Southern Reach Trilogy, Annihilation (which inspired the 2018 movie starring Natalie Portman) follows a team of four women scientists who set out into the weird region known as Area X.


Temperance Brennan series
by Kathy Reichs

Reichs has written twenty novels featuring her fictional heroine Temperance Brennan—who, like her, is a forensic anthropologist. The television series Bones was also loosely based on Reichs’ life and novels.


Grace Hopper: Queen of Computer Code
by Laurie Wallmark & Katy Wu

"If you've got a good idea, and you know it's going to work, go ahead and do it." This children’s book tells the inspiring story of Grace Hopper—the boundary-breaking woman who revolutionized computer science.

Hidden Figures
by Margot Lee Shetterly

This phenomenal true story of the black female mathematicians at NASA whose calculations helped fuel some of America's greatest achievements in space also inspired the award-winning film.

Women in Science by Rachel IgnotofskyWomen in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World
by Rachel Ignotofsky

Ignotofsky’s charmingly illustrated and educational book pays tribute to the achievements of 50 notable women in science, from the ancient to the modern world.

Documentaries on Kanopy

Big Dream: Young Women Entering STEM Fields
This film follows the intimate stories of seven young women who are breaking barriers and overcoming personal challenges to follow their passion in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

Women in Space
This episode of the PBS series Makers: Women Who Make America traces the history of women pioneers in the U.S. space program.

Check out our other Women in Science Recommendations!