Sam Maggs’ Wonder Women takes a look at many women throughout history that have had their accomplishments either long since buried or stolen by a member of the opposite sex. Twenty-five women are featured – with an additional forty-two in blurbs – in the categories of science, engineering, mathematics, adventuring, and inventions. Each mini-biography is written with equal parts snark and research and while Maggs tries to keep things light through her conversational tone, it’s disheartening to hear just how difficult it was for women to be viewed as equal to men throughout history. I’m not naive in saying that in 2016 we’ve solved that problem, but we’ve certainly come a long way from the days of barring women in America from getting an education. Given the talent, brilliance and perseverance of the women on display here, think how much further ahead our society would be if we just embraced equality.
Wonder Women is a fascinating read for men and women alike; an important look at some of the great women who quietly revolutionized our world.