A Short Bibliography of Women in Astronomy and Aerospace
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
Women Astronomers Reaching for the Stars
By Mabel Armstrong published 2008
Women Astronomers covers some of the who dared to look toward the stars from the first known woman astronomer/teacher, Hypatia of Alexandria, to Astronaut Sally Ride and many other fascinating and brave women.
Reaching for the Moon: The Autobiography of NASA Mathematician Katherine Johnson
by Katherine Johnson, published May 5, 2020
This hidden figure mathematician isn't hidden anymore! This book is informative and inspiring, covering significant historical events that helped shape the country and the African American community in the United States.
The Glass Universe: How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the Stars
by Dava Sobel, published October 2017
Dava reveals the fascinating story of the women astronomers who helped discover the basic facts of the universe through stellar spectroscopy.
The History and Work of Harvard Observatory 1839 to 1927
by Solon I. Baily, published by McGraw-Hill 1931
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
Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World
by Rachel Ignotofsky, published July 26, 2016
Rachel covers a lot of my favorites from Hypatia to Ada Lovelace to Lillian Gilbreth to Alice Ball to Vera Rubin to Jocelyn Bell. She has included more than 50 women and illustrated this lovely book geared toward girls and young adults. I could only mention a few here!
Hypatia's Heritage A History of Women in Science from Antiquity through 19th Century
by Margaret Alic, Beacon Press, Boston, 1986.
Women in Science, Antiquity through the Ninteenth Century
by Marilyn Bailey Ogilvie, The MIT Press, 1986.
Women in Science
by Mozans, H. J. pseudonym for Zahn, John Augustine
Published by 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
by Patricia Joan Siegel and Kay Thomas Finley, published by the Scarecrow Press, Inc., 1985.
Some Key Wimin's Names: Emmy Noether, Rosalind Franklin, Ada Lovelace, Jane Goodall, Evelyn M. Anderson, Janet Taylor
General Information on Women's Achievements
American Women of the Space Age
by Mary Finch Hoyt, Halliday Lithograph, 1966.
byRobert 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
by E. T. James and J.W. James, Editors
Famous American Women
by 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
Women Pioneers of Aviation
Contributions of Women - Aviation
by Diane Emberline, Dillion Press, 1980.
Women Astronauts: Aboard the Shuttle
Mary Virginia Fox, J. Messner, 1987
Some Key Wimin's Names: Eileen Collens, Svetlana Savitskaya, Jacqueline Cochran, Bessie Coleman, Amy Johnson, Amelia Earhart
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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