Forget Us Not

HOW MANY WOMEN SCIENTISTS CAN YOU NAME?

Throughout history, women have studied science and made contributions to every field. Oddly enough, they are not as well-known as some of their male contemporaries. Long-held notions like “girls shouldn’t do science” or “women are too fragile for science” made it that much harder for women to get their foot in the laboratory door. Having to fight to be taken seriously and fight for equality and recognition meant women‘s work and contributions could go completely unnoticed for years or decades. The result was a lack of prominent women role models in science. This is just one of the reasons science may seem more like a “boys’ club.” But science isn’t just for boys, it’s for everyone.

The book, called Forget Us Not: Women Scientists You Should Know, uses the hexagon shape as often as possible in the design because of the role that shape plays in many aspects of science: astronomy uses hexagons within giant telescopes, some cells have a hexagonal shape, bees’ honeycombs are hexagonal, chemistry has its benzene rings, and so on. In the book, a ribbon of color connects all the women of a similar field to show their own interconnectedness in the field but also to other fields.

I put this book together to shine a light on a small sample of important women scientists. As a woman with a passion for science, I feel it is my duty to acknowledge those who came before me and pay tribute to their hard work, dedication, and perseverance against all odds. I want this compilation to give girls and boys, both young and old, new heroes to look up to and a better sense of what the face of science looks really like.

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