Commentaries by Nan Hathaway

FRONT ROYAL WOMEN’S RESOURCE CENTER AND ROYAL OAK BOOKSHOP Co-sponsor donations to Samuels Public Library that are by or about women.  Nan Hathaway chooses the books and a book review is offered monthly.  This flyer highlights some of the books donated. Check them out!




HIDDEN FIGURES – young readers’ edition, Margot Lee Shetterly

The powerful story of four African-American female mathematicians at NASA who helped achieve some of the greatest moments in our space program.

Before John Glenn orbited the earth, or Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of dedicated female mathematicians known as “human computers” used pencils, slide rules, and adding machines to calculate the numbers that would launch rockets, and astronauts, into space.  Among these problem-solvers were a group of exceptionally talented African-American women, some of the brightest minds of their generation.  Originally relegated to teaching math in the South’s segregated public schools, they were called into service during the labor shortages of World War II, when America’s aeronautics industry was in dire need of anyone who had the right stuff.  Suddenly, these overlooked math whizzes had a shot at jobs worthy of their skills, and they answered Uncle Sam’s call, moving to Hampton, Virginia, and the fascinating, high-energy world of the Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory.

This book brings to life the stories of Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, and Christine Darden, who lived through the Civil Rights era, the Space Race, the Cold War, and the movement for gender equality, and whose work forever changed the face of NASA and the country.



WONDER WOMEN:  25 Innovators, Inventors, and Trailblazers Who Changed History, Sam Maggs

You may think you know women’s history pretty well. But have you ever heard of. . .

– Alice Ball, the chemist who developed an effective treatment for leprosy–only to have the credit taken by a man?
– Mary Sherman Morgan, the rocket scientist whose liquid fuel compounds blasted the first U.S. satellite into orbit?
– Huang Daopo, the inventor whose weaving technology revolutionized textile production in China–centuries before the cotton gin?

Smart women have always been able to achieve amazing things, even when the odds were stacked against them. In Wonder Women, author Sam Maggs tells the stories of the brilliant, brainy, and totally rad women in history who broke barriers as scientists, engineers, mathematicians, adventurers, and inventors. Also included are interviews with real-life women in STEM careers, an extensive bibliography, and a guide to women-centric science and technology organizations–all to show the many ways the geeky girls of today can help to build the future.

“In a down-to-earth and often humorous tone, Maggs provides an anthology of biographies on trailblazing women that is likely to draw attention from a variety of readers.” —-Library Journal

Summer Book Reviews – 2017
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