WONDER WOMEN

25 Innovators, Inventors, and Trailblazers Who Changed History

Sam Maggs

Smart women have always been able to achieve amazing things, even when the odds have been stacked against them. In Wonder Women, author Sam Maggs tells the stories of the brilliant, brainy, and totally rad women who broke barriers as scientists, engineers, mathematicians, doctors, inventors, spies, and more. She also includes interviews with modern-day women in STEM careers, an extensive bibliography, and a guide to women-centric science and technology organizations—all to show the many ways the geeky girls of today can help build the future.

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Smart women have always been able to achieve amazing things, even when the odds have been stacked against them. In Wonder Women, author Sam Maggs tells the stories of the brilliant, brainy, and totally rad women who broke barriers as scientists, engineers, mathematicians, doctors, inventors, spies, and more. She also includes interviews with modern-day women in STEM careers, an extensive bibliography, and a guide to women-centric science and technology organizations—all to show the many ways the geeky girls of today can help build the future.

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  • Quirk Books
  • Hardcover
  • October 2016
  • 240 Pages
  • 9781594749254

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About Sam Maggs

Sam Maggs is an assistant writer for BioWare and the best-selling author of The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy (Quirk Books, 2015). Named “Awesome Geek Feminist of the Year” by Women Write about Comics, Sam received her MA in Victorian literature in 2011 and now appears on TV and movie screens across Canada. She has written for Marie Claire, PC Gamer, the Guardian, National Post, the Mary Sue, and more. You can geek out with her about Mass Effect or Jeff Goldblum on Twitter @SamMaggs.

Praise

“Whether you want to know about suffragists, awesome historical lady ninjas, or the other butt kicking, trailblazing smarties in between, Wonder Women will have something for you!” —Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls

Discussion Questions

1. In the introduction of Wonder Women, Sam Maggs talks about representation. What does representation mean to you? And do you share Maggs’s view about the importance of representation in media and in our daily lives?

2. The innovators showcased in Wonder Women are diverse, but they also have some important traits in common. What do you think some of their commonalities are?

3. Maggs chose to tell the stories of women who were under-recognized for their achievements. Was there anyone in the book that you already knew of?

4. Which woman’s story did you find the most fascinating?

5. Did you read anything in Wonder Women that surprised you or that stirred your emotions?

6. What lessons did you take away from the profiles of the modern day women working in STEM?

7. How do you think that you can help to bring better recognition to women in STEM and encourage younger generations to become more active in STEM-related fields?

8. If you had the opportunity to have a dinner party with three of the women profiled in Wonder Women, either living or dead, who would you choose? And why?

9. Are there any women that weren’t profiled in this book that you think of as wonder women?