HONORING WOMEN SCIENCE WRITERS FOR WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH
I bet you’re wondering why I choose a woman on a white horse as my featured image for a post about women science writers! The women’s suffrage movement paved the way for women to pursue many careers, including writing. And since March is Women’s History Month, I thought a guest post featuring women science writers was in order.
Plus, I love horses!
THE PEN IS MIGHTIER THAN THE SWORD
NONFICTION BOOKS FOR KIDS
So! In honor of women’s science writers, I have included my first guest post on this blog, by Rochelle Melander. Her nonfiction book for kids, Mightier Than the Sword: Rebels, Reformers, and Revolutionaries Who Changed the World through Writing, includes women science writers.
I love science, and since I’m a woman science writer, thought this would be a perfect topic. And what better time than during Women’s History Month!
Coffee break time for me. Take it away, Rochelle….
LIFE LESSONS FROM WOMEN SCIENCE WRITERS courtesy Rochelle Melander
When I designed my book, I wanted to include writers from as many disciplines as possible. Sure, I know that many kids who want to be writers dream about writing the next epic fantasy or a graphic memoir.
But from my work as a teaching artist, I also knew that most kids don’t dream of being writers. They want to be police officers, baseball players, celebrity chefs, astronauts, and environmentalists. For that reason, I wanted Mightier Than the Sword to tell the stories of mentors from many professions—including scientists.
When I researched the scientists in the book, I learned lessons that I could apply to my own thinking, researching, and writing. One of the biggest lessons I learned was about persisting through obstacles. Every single one of the women and men I researched didn’t just find their “big ideas” and easily share them with the world. They had to persist through multiple challenges to succeed. Here’s what I learned from four of my favorites:
Note from Louie: Click through for the slide shows below!
USE YOUR PASSION : Wang Zhenyi (1768-1797)
IMAGINE! Ada Lovelace (1815-1852)
GET HELP : Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960)
BE CURIOUS: Rachel Carson (1907-1964)
Rochelle Melander wrote her first book at seven and has published 11 books for adults including Level Up: Quests to Master Mindset, Overcome Procrastination and Increase Productivity. Her debut book for children Mightier Than the Sword: Rebels, Reformers, and Revolutionaries Who Changed the World through Writing won the 2021 Cybils Award for Middle Grade nonfiction. She’s an ADHD coach, an artist-educator, and the founder of Dream Keepers, a writing workshop for young people. She blogs at writenowcoach.com and rochellemelander.com Find her on all social media platforms as @writenowcoach
WOMEN SCIENCE WRITERS
INSPIRATION & LIFE LESSONS
Which of these life lessons resonate with you?