I saw a post on Book Riot celebrating Women’s History Month and mentioning some books about women in STEM. It inspired me to write my own post especially since last summer I wrote a short guest post about being a women in STEM myself. I even started a GoodReads list to get even more recommendations!
For those of you who aren’t aware, STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and math (sometimes mechanical). Generally there’s way less women in these fields of work. That’s why you see programs trying to promote younger girls to get into these fields. Younger kids already have gender roles thrown at them. Boy toys often encourage them to build and engineer while girls get dolls to play house with. Girls don’t see STEM roles as an option sometimes because we never give them any indication that it’s a choice. That’s our fault as a society and it’s something that we need to focus on more in order to get more women in STEM roles.
It’s not easy for a women to get through school and find a job in these fields. Not because the topics are difficult for them but because it’s so uncommon. I experienced it myself so this is a topic close to me, though I’m far from an expert on the subject. All of these books will show you a tiny piece of the struggle and will hopefully encourage you to research the topic yourselves. Not to mention they’re great books and will at least give you something great to read.
I tried to include as many genre and age groups as I could. There’s mostly young adult here but there’s a little adult and middle grade thrown in so take a look! Here’s a mixture of books with women in STEM roles: