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Women Inventors and Discoverers: A Resource Guide

This guide provides links to selected books, journal articles, historical works, and other resources on women who played leading roles in creating new inventions and making discoveries.

Introduction

[Marie Skłodowska Curie, half-length portrait, seated, facing right]. [between 1890 and 1934]. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

Historically, the female presence in technological and scientific fields has been disproportionately limited compared to that of their male counterparts. Even when women have contributed to these fields, publications describing their work have been limited.

Margaret Rossiter, a pioneering historian of American women in science, argued that since the field of history of science and technology had been dominated by male players, the interest in writing about female contributions to these fields has also been limited. However, these tendencies have been gradually changing in recent years. More and more women enter fields of science and engineering, as well as the history of science and technology, and an increasing number of universities are now working towards attracting more women in science and engineering. Primary schools are also making an extra effort to bring girls into fields of science and engineering from a young age.

This guide covers selected books, journal articles, and historical works, and other resources especially useful to readers who are future women engineers, scientists, inventors, and patent seekers.