In May 2015, we featuredThe Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy, the debut book turned bestseller from “writer. host. geek.” Sam Maggs that offered her fun and feminist take on the often male-dominated world of geekdom. Earlier this week, Sam unleashed more of her brilliance into the world with her second book, which tells the remarkable stories of 25 Wonder Women from history, pioneers who “broke barriers as scientists, engineers, mathematicians, adventurers, and inventors” and never got the credit they deserved. Bestill our WYSKy hearts!
In Wonder Women: 25 Innovators, Inventors, and Trailblazers Who Changed History, Sam shines a spotlight on women you should know who changed the world, but whose stories and accomplishments are little known or were left out of history, altogether. Case in point, as illustrated through a series of questions Sam asks, “Ever heard of Allied spy Noor Inayat Khan, a Muslim woman whom the Nazis considered ‘highly dangerous’? Or German painter and entomologist Maria Sibylla Merian, who planned and embarked on the world’s first scientific expedition? How about Huang Daopo, the inventor who fled an abusive child marriage only to revolutionize textile production in China?” Or Alice Ball, “the chemist who developed an effective treatment for leprosy—only to have the credit taken by a man?” The list goes on and on and on.
Smart women have always been able to achieve amazing things, even when the odds were stacked against them.
So through the inspiring pages of Wonder Women, Sam tells the untold stories of 25 “brilliant, brainy, and totally rad women” who fought so hard, against all odds, “to do what they were passionate about and to be able to use their brains to their full capacity.” Her focus is on women in STEM because, as she told EW, “overwhelmingly we’re still missing role models” in those fields, but she also includes women spies and adventures.
Sam introduces each woman with a profile that is accompanied by a portrait by Google doodler Sophia Foster-Dimino. Of these innovators, inventors, and trailblazers Sam says, “We’re very lucky they existed.”