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
Thank you, Rochelle, for sharing a few fantastic life lessons of great women science writers in your nonfiction book for kids.
INSPIRATION & LIFE LESSONS
Which of these life lessons resonate with you?
My desk is just as messy as yours! Rochelle’s book looks great. Thanks for the inspiration. And for the Louie pics.
Messy desks unite! You’re welcome!
How cool that Ada Lovelace wrote about computer code before it WAS computer code. Thanks for the great post.
I agree that is a cool fact! Thanks so much for stopping by!
This is such a fantastic post! I always look forward to reading women’s history/empowerment posts in this month 🙂 thank you for sharing Susan x
Yes, I figured I should get this out on the first of March! I also look forward to more posts about women’s history. I’m happy that you found this one! Thank you.
It’s so cool to learn more about women in science. What a fun post!
I’m glad you think so. (I do, too.) And thanks!
I’m not one for reading books, but I’ve seen a few documentaries and article on Ada Lovelace. She was brilliant
I’ll need to look for more information about her! Thanks so much!
Ooh fab picks here! I love reading posts like these on the buildup to International Women’s Day, and Ada Lovelace sounds fascinating – it’s crazy that she predicted all of that! Thanks for sharing x
I agree, she was fascinating! I’m happy you stopped by. Thanks!
Amazing books full of wise messages, love the ideas..
I think so too! Thank you!
I was not aware of all these women in science. Fascinating reading! thank you!
You’re welcome! And thanks.
I love that Rochelle knew what she wanted her book’s message to be and that she put as much thought into how she could present that message as diversely as possible! Scientists and mathematicians as writers is not a picture that crossed my mind until now, but I love the way it opens up my definition of writers to include more people. 🙂
Rochelle’s book spotlights a wide range of writers. I’m excited that you feel enlightened! Thanks so much.
Zora Neale Hurston is an Absolute literary gem and her book Their Eyes Were Watching God is a classic!
Like minds! I have Zora Neale Hurston’s classic on reserve at the library and can’t wait to read it! (I did see the excellent film w/ Halle Berry) Thanks so much for mentioning the book here! And for stopping by!
Interesting resources to discover more scientists.
Happy Women Month to you. It’s awesome that you’re a science writer. You must be very knowledgeable. Keep up the good work.
That’s so kind of you to say! Thank you. Happy Women’s Month to you, too. And thank you for stopping by.
I hadn’t heard of most of these female science writers before except for Ada Lovelace! Great post.
They deserve more recognition, without question! Thank you!
I love this post! You gave me some brilliant ideas for buying books to my nieces. Thanks for that!
Fantastic! I’m sure your nieces will love my book and Rochelle’s! Thank you.
I admire Rochelle’s “Mightier than the Sword” too, and am joining you in celebrating March’s “Women in History.” I have a stack of books to read, all written by female authors. I figure that’s a great way to celebrate the month.
I’m so happy that you’re joining me this month and reading books by female authors! I’ll think of you when I settle in to read in the evenings. Thanks, Amy!
You’ve shared so many great women here; I will have to do some reading up about many of them as I really don’t enough about a number of these achievements!
Rochelle made some great choices for her book! Biographies are fun, I agree. Thanks so much, Molly.
An amazing guest post and love the format, as always. Celebrating the achievements of women is something I’m always up for.
I’m so happy you love my fun formatting. Yes, Rochelle knocked it out of the park! March is the perfect month to celebrate women’s achievements. Thanks.
I’ve read a bit about Ada Lovelace before, but it was nice to learn about all these women in science, I’m so curious to know more about them and their achievements! Thanks for sharing this post, it was such an interesting read!
I’m so happy you found Rochelle’s post interesting! I also plan to learn more about these amazing women. Thanks!
Such a great post! I love reading during woman’s history month and learning more. I find it really empowering! Rochelle’s sounds great. Thank you so much for sharing Xo
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March and women’s history month is a great excuse to read more about women! I find it empowering and inspirational, too. Thanks, Elle!
I too have had times when I’ve had to ‘put down my pen and sigh’ and found this a very inspiring post! I loved learning about these women and perfectly timed for women’s history month!
Alas, I’ve often done the same with my pen! May the muses inspire you this month, and every month! Thank you, Eileen!
Thanks for recognizing the women who have contributed to the advancement of science. Great job. Mike
And I appreciate you stopping by! Thanks so much.
I’ll definitely need to do some research into some of these women! What a wonderful and empowering book!
Here! Here! Thanks, Jenny!