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Reviewed by Vernita Naylor for Readers' Favorite
Zeena Nackerdien, a research chemist and senior research associate, has turned her passion for knowledge into a condensed narrative book, A Few Good Women in Science and Engineering, that honors women who have made an impact in history. Some of them you may know or have heard of and a few of them were awarded a Nobel Peace Prize. These women made sacrifices and created pathways that our daughters and young women can be proud of. A Few Good Women in Science and Engineering by Zeena Nackerdien outlines the efforts of pioneers such as Russian cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman in space; American inventor Mary Anderson who had the concept of the first windshield wiper; African-American biologist Jewel Plummer-Cobb who discovered that methotrexate could help treat specific cancers, as well as childhood leukemia; and Hedy Lamarr, Hollywood movie star, in a collaborative effort created a unique controlling device for manning a torpedo from a distance without enemy detection. With this invention there are some elements that are responsible for fax machines, wireless phones and other technological tools that we enjoy today.
A Few Good Women in Science and Engineering by Zeena Nackerdien is a very informative book and I found some of the facts interesting. I personally did not know about a lot of the contributions that these women made in history. Not only these women, but a lot of women have made various types of contributions that we assume were made by men. For example, the Brooklyn Bridge could not have been completed due to the ailing health of German-American civil engineer John Roebling, but with the help of Emily, his wife, he was able to get it done. For her contribution she was honored by Congressman Hewitt for her efforts in helping to make this historic event a reality. We always hear that ‘behind every good man there is a good woman,’ well, this book has made me think a little differently now. As I look around, I am beginning to question what else has a woman done in this world that she was never acknowledged for?