In which I get feminist

This is a lie. I’m always a feminist. However the books that I started April with were all female centric, strong, positive female characters, compelling plots, and biographies.

The Forgotten Women series by Zing Tsjeng, is about focusing on women who contributed to our history but have somehow been overlooked by history, or had their contributions attributed to men. Each book features 48 – the number of female Nobel Prize winners, mini biographies of pioneering women.

Although it isn’t an in depth account of each person, it was a great starting point to inspire research of the stories that do interest you. I saw it as a way to show positive female role models to women (and people) of all ages and give them the heroes they deserve, while giving these heroes the recognition that has been long denied them.

I read The Leaders and The Scientists, both of which I enjoyed.  I got a recap of some of my own favourites, and a glimpse of some I hadn’t heard about.


As a woman who got her Chemistry degree whilst working and being a mother, I was very drawn to this book already knowing of women who are overlooked in the sciences.
Each scientist has a brief biography and her work explained, credited, and what we know now because of these developments given to us, without being heavy reading.
It’s a beautifully written tribute to those women, a fantastic starting point to make you want to learn more about these pioneers, and a great inspiration for our daughters


Having just read Forgotten Women: The Scientists, much of what I will say is the same.
This is full of brief but detailed accounts of strong, fierce women who did what they thought was right or best for their people.
I enjoyed learning the stories of women I had heard of and learning of those I hadn’t, all of whom are inspirational.

I hope that more books like this make their way to young people and show them that they can do what they work to, and they can change the world.

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