A Short Bibliography of Women in Science


I think it is really important to inspire women by demonstrating that women have accomplished great things that have been overlooked. Many of their achievements came when society did not support their efforts. The stories of their greatness can be of inspiration to us all.

Astra's Favorite References for Wimin Astronomers

Hypatia Heritage astronomers section in reference below

The History and Work of Harvard Observatory 1839 to 1927, Solon I. Baily, McGraw-Hill 1931

MERCURY, the Journal of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific
Special Issue: Women in Astronomy, Vol. XXI, Number 1, Jan/Feb 1992 -- The centerfold of this issue is Feminebula, which can be observed at the AAS's Women in Astronomy site

Women Astronomers, (400 A.D.-1750), Herman S. Davis, Popular Astronomy, May 1898, Vol. VI, No. 3
Women Astronomers, (1750-1890) and Women Astronomers, (Contemporary), Herman S. Davis, Popular Astronomy, June 1898, Vol VI, No. 4

Some Key Wimin's Names: Caroline Herschel, Maria Kirsch, Maria Mitchell, Henrietta Leavitte, Annie Jump Cannon, Williamina Fleming, Helen Sawyer Hogg


Women's Achievements in Science

Hypatia's Heritage A History of Women in Science from Antiquity through 19th Century, Margaret Alic, Beacon Press, Boston, 1986.
Women in Science, Antiquity through the Ninteenth Century, Marilyn Bailey Ogilvie, The MIT Press, 1986.
Women in Science, Mozans, H. J. pseudonym for Zahn, John Augustine, MIT Press, 1974. Originally published 1913, Reprinted 1991 by the University of Notre Dame
Women in the Scientific Search: An American Bio-bibliography 1724-1979, Patricia Joan Siegel and Kay Thomas Finley, the Scarecrow Press, Inc., 1985.


General Information on Women's Achievements

American Women of the Space Age, Mary Finch Hoyt, Halliday Lithograph, 1966.
Liberty's Women, Robert McHenry, Ed., G & C. Merriam Co., 1980.
Mothers of Invention, by Ethlie Ann Vare and Greg Ptacek, William Morrow & Co., 1988.
Notable American Women, A Biographical Dictionary, E. T. James and J.W. James, Editors, Famous American Women, Hope Standard, Thomas Y. Crowell, 1970.
The Women's Book of World Records and Achievements, Ed. Lois Decker O'Neil, Anchor Press - Doubleday, 1979.

Don't forget all the women TEACHERS who fought for the rights of their students to earn an education.

Women Pioneers of Aviation

Contributions of Women - Aviation, Diane Emberline, Dillion Press, 1980.
Women Astronauts: Aboard the Shuttle, Mary Virginia Fox, J. Messner, 1987

Some Key Wimin's Names: Bessie Coleman, Amy Johnson, Amelia Earhart, Jacqueline Cochran

A most interesting biography is that of Geraldine Cobb who was the first woman to be certified as an astronaut. She is featured in the book by Diane Emberline. Her autobiography is--Women Into Space, Jerrie Cobb and Jane Rieker, Prentice-Hall, 1963. (out of print) If you can get your hands on a copy, it should prove most interesting.


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