An ideal resource for KS3 and KS4 science and STEM students by Anna Reser and Leila McNeill…

1 | Vital

From the ancient world to the present-day women have been vital to the progress of science. Throughout history women have served as royal physicians and nurses, taught mathematics, studied the stars, practiced midwifery, travelled into space, developed cures, dissected data, and so much more.

2 | Discoveries

As natural philosophers, physicists, anatomists, psychologists and botanists, women were central to the great intellectual flourishing of the Scientific Revolution. Yet
their importance is overlooked, their stories lost, distorted, or actively suppressed. Forces of Nature sets the record straight.

3 | Extraordinary

This thoroughly researched, authoritative work shows how women have managed to navigate a male-dominated scientific culture throughout time; extraordinary figures including archaeologists who worked to understand the indigenous peoples of their homelands, and those who made discoveries and built new disciplines that changed the face of science.

4 | Achievements

Featuring a range of essays documenting the achievements of famous and lesser-known women, Forces of Nature looks at how women scientists shaped key cultural moments and how, in turn, the women themselves were shaped by them.

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Reviewed by John Dabell


In Forces of Nature we learn about female trailblazing scientists who have been deliberately excluded, marginalised or overlooked. I love this book because it debugs history and introduces us to remarkable women we need to know about and who should be part of our everyday narratives.