Wonder Women, by Sam Maggs, takes 25 women you may have not have heard of and elaborates on their lives to make them more than just a footnote in history. For example, have you heard of Noor Inayat Khan? She was a Muslim woman and spy feared by the Nazis. What about inventor Huang Daopo or entomologist Maria Sibylla Merian? If you haven’t, don’t stress. Sam Maggs is here to break it down for you with an extensive biography. Each is accompanied by a portrait from Google doodler Sophia Foster-Dimino.
Sam Maggs has a sarcastic style and modern way of speaking that works well with teen and younger adult readers. Older readers may be thrown off by her occasional pop culture references or internet slang. For those of us who spend a great deal of time online, the book flows like a conversation with friends. Her frustration with women changing the world and not getting the credit comes through. The pictures by Foster-Dimino are well done and really tie everything together.
Wonder Women focuses on historical women, but also makes sure to encourage young women heading towards STEM organizations and making their mark on this world.
Women Women is available October 18, 2016 from Quirk Books.