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Illustration from WOMEN IN SCIENCE by Rachel Ignotofsky

Nonfiction science books written by women deserve more recognition. But without a good resource to reference for recommendations, many of these books will continue to go unrecognized. With the help of the internet, I am creating an ongoing and updated list that will connect readers with more diverse science books. As the list grows, I will organize them into different fields of science.

This page is under construction! Want to help? Suggest a book that isn’t on the list, or contact me to write a guest review for a book that has not yet been reviewed.

Science Books by Women

Inferior by Angela Saini

Lab Girl by Hope Jahren

Spineless by Juli Berwald

Rise of the Rocket Girls by Nathalia Holt

Chrysalis by Maria Sibylla Merian

The Fossil Hunter by Shelley Emling

Eye of the Shoal by Helen Scales

Shaped By Wind and Water by Ann Haymond Zwinger

Headstrong: 52 Women Who Changed Science and the World by Rachel Swaby

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

The Only Woman in the Room by Eileen Pollack

The Dragon Behind the Glass by Emily Voigt

The Girls Guide to a Life in Science by Rohini Godbole et al

The Madame Curie Complex by Julie Des Jardins

In the Shadow of Man by Jane Goodall

Dorothy Hodgkin: A Life by Georgina Ferry

A Fish Caught in Time by Samantha Weinberg

Motherhood, the Elephant in the Laboratory by Emily Monosson

Moments from My Life by Dr. Mae Jemison

Rosalind Franklin: The Dark Lady of DNA by Brenda Maddox

Gulp by Mary Roach

Silent Spring by Rachel Carson

Nobel Prize Women in Science by Sharon Bertsch McGrayne

A Feeling for the Organism: The Life and Work of Barbara McClintock by Evelyn Fox

Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly

Code Girls by Liza Mundy

Storm in a Teacup by Helen Czerski

Women in Science: Then and Now by Vivian Gornick

Testosterone Rex: Myths of Sex, Science, and Society by Cordelia Fine

Soundings: The Story of the Remarkable Woman Who Mapped the Ocean Floor by Hali Felt

The Radium Girls by Kate Moore

The Genius of Birds by Jennifer Ackerman

Sightings by Brenda Peterson and Linda Hogan

The Only Woman in the Room by Eileen Pollack