HEADSTRONG by Rachel Swaby
I feel slightly uncomfortable giving this book 4 stars but if I peek at what the 4 stars represents on my blog (And on Goodreads) rating system, then all I really feel is “really liked it” and nothing more (meaning…I didn’t love it). The objective of this audiobook is to present us with the profiles of 52 wonderful women who’ve, despite facing all sorts of misogyny, managed to contribute an impressive amount to the science. So while I just “really liked” this book, the result of my reading perfectly aligns with the purpose of this book and I don’t really have many regrets or disappointments with Headstrong. I thought it was rather awe-inspiring for Swaby to gather a collection of scientific, pioneering women that readers that can discover for the first time.
I was familiar with a few of these ladies but an astonishing number was unknown to me. But thanks to Swaby, I now know of more women in science than men in science. She highlights both the achievements of each of the women and why they are important to us, as well as giving us a general background on who they where, where they came from, and, particularly, what sort of sexist challenges they had to face in their fields. A lot of these summaries felt more like tributes and rightly so—for it is a shame that such a large amount of crucial contributors of science still remain unrecognized for what they’ve done. Swaby most certainly managed to convince me that I need to read more about the contributions of women in science. A nice list is now secured on my iPad for future reading recommendations.
So although I’ve only rated this book 4 stars, I would still highly recommend this book. It’s not a very difficult read and, on audio, it’s even easier to follow. Read it and be amazed!
Rating – ★★★★☆