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News | March 2, 2021

Read Across America Day: Women’s Edition

By Staff

Read Across America Day is a day to encourage reading among all ages. To celebrate Read Across America Day and Women’s History Month, the NRO Library has recommended several books on women in STEM and women in space. We’re looking forward to reading more about women who go above and beyond!  

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

Women in Science is a New York Times best seller that highlights the contributions of fifty notable women to the fields of STEM from the ancient to the modern world. Women in Science celebrates the achievements of the intrepid women who have paved the way for the next generation of female engineers, biologists, mathematicians, doctors, astronauts, physicists, and more.  

Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us, from Missiles to the Moon to Mars – by Nathalia Holt  

Rise of the Rocket Girls tells the stories of an elite group of women known as “human computers” who broke the boundaries of both gender and science by transforming rocket design, bringing about the first America satellites, and making the exploration of the solar system possible. The book offers a unique perspective on the role of women in science: both where we’ve been, and the far reaches of space to which we’re heading.   

Jet Girl: My Life in War Peace, and the Cockpit of the Navy’s Most Lethal Aircraft, the F/A-18 Super Hornet – by Caroline Johnson with Hof Williams  

Jet Girl tells the remarkable story of the women fighting at the forefront in a military system that allows them to reach the highest peaks with an insider’s view on the fascinating, thrilling, dangerous and, at time, glamorous world of being a naval aviator.  

Fighting for Space: Two Pilots and Their Historic Battle for Female Spaceflight – by Amy Shira Teitel  

This dual biography of audacious trailblazers Jackie Cochran, leader of the Women’s Auxiliary Service Pilots during the Second World War and the first woman to break the sound barrier, and Jerrie Cobb, record-holding pilot in her own right and twenty five years Jackie’s younger, presents these fascinating and fearless women in all their glory and grit, using their stories as guides through the shifting social, political, ad technical landscape of the time.  

She Engineers: Outsmart Bias, Unlock your Potential, and Create the Engineering Career of your Dreams – by Stephanie Lynn Slocum  

She Engineer was written by a fifteen-year engineering industry veteran who gives the reader advice on how to succeed as a female engineer.   

Women in Engineering: Pioneers and Trailblazers – edited by Margaret E. Layne  

Women in Engineering introduces the visionary women who opened the door for today’s female engineers. The significant contributions women have made to engineering, in areas as diverse as construction management, environmental protection, and industrial efficiency, are placed in proper historical context, from the 1920s to the present.