When we first featured illustrator Rachel Ignotofsky on WYSK last year, she was working on a series called Women In Science, a collection of spectacular illustrations highlighting the contributions of notable women in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Now, those illustrations, are being published in her very first book, Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World to be released in just a couple of weeks.
The book profiles 50 women who have made a difference in their respective fields, including psychologist and civil rights activist Mamie Phipps Clark; chemist and x-ray crystallographer Rosalind Franklin; and astronaut, educator and Dr. Mae Jemison. Some of the women you may already know, and others you should know.
Much of Rachel’s work is inspired by her passion for science. It’s her hope is that it will further her message about education, gender equality and scientific literacy. “I wanted to celebrate the accomplishments of these women and inspire curiosity in young women to ask questions about the world we live in, and be the one who finds out the answers,” she told WYSK.
As part of her mission to use her work as a tool for learning, Rachel has posted all of the sources she consulted to write the book and is encouraging readers to learn more about these pioneering women.