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By Robert Burleigh ; illustrated by Raúl Colón, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
At an age of just twenty-five, Henrietta Swan Leavitt changed the trajectory of astronomy when she discovered the scientific importance of a star’s brightness. From the photographs taken by the telescope at Harvard College Observatory, Henrietta observed that certain stars had a fixed pattern to their changes. This historic discovery made it possible for the astronomers to measure great distances and paved path for our current understanding of the universe. Young women and aspiring astronomers would especially find Henrietta’s story very inspiring. Read this book to learn more about this female pioneer of astronomy.
Samantha Gordon with Ari Bruening ; foreword by Abby Wambach; Walker & Company
Girls can do anything! This autobiography showcases how Samantha Gordon succeeded in a football league conventionally reserved for boys. Upon posting her plays’ video on YouTube by her father, she became an overnight sensation. Apart from featuring on Super Bowl Commercial and on ESPN, Good Morning America, and Cartoon Network, she also got her own Wheaties Box—the first one to ever feature a female football player. This book talks not only about Sam’s success but also highlights her hard work that went behind her unmatched accomplishments.
By Meghan McCarthy; Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books
At a time when most girls were happy playing with their dolls, Betty Skelton chose to play with airplanes, watch them fly around, and even fly airplanes herself. Passionate about speed, she became a stunt pilot breaking altitude record in 1951. Later, she took to car racing and broke the women’s speed record. Next, she went on to driving a stunt boat. She was also the first woman invited to train with the Mercury 7 astronauts. Being a girl could never stop her from following her passion and breaking the contemporary social stigmas in proving that women could do almost everything.