Auckland Libraries: Influential women of modern history

Influential women of modern history

In keeping with the celebration of the 125th anniversary of the Woman’s Suffrage movement in New Zealand, these selected titles celebrate the achievements of women; some famous and others lesser known, but all who have changed our world through their hard work and sacrifices.

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Headstrong

Rachel Swaby

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Covering Nobel Prize winners and major innovators, as well as lesser-known but hugely significant scientists who influence our every day, these 52 profiles span centuries of courageous thinkers and illustrate how their ideas developed.

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Rocket girl

George D. Morgan

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Blending a fascinating personal history with dramatic historical events, this book brings long-overdue attention to a brilliant woman whose work proved essential for America's early space program.

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Ada Lovelace

Christopher Hollings

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Although it was an unusual pursuit for women at the time, Ada Lovelace studied science and mathematics from a young age. This book uses unpublished archival material to explore her precocious childhood as well as her ambitious young adulthood.

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Power in numbers

Talithia Williams

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Prepare to be inspired. This volume takes on the forgotten influence of women on the development of mathematics over the last two millennia. This book is an affirmation of female genius and a celebration of the boundless applications of mathematics.

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Glass universe

Dava Sobel

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The Glass Universe is the hidden history of a group of remarkable women whose vital contributions to the burgeoning field of astronomy forever changed our understanding of the stars and our place in the universe.

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On a farther shore

William Souder

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This extraordinary new biography gives an indelible new portrait of the founder of the environmental movement: Rachel Carson. This book reveals a shy passionate woman and captures the true essence of one of the greatest reformers of the 20th century.

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My sister Rosalind Franklin

Jenifer Glynn

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Rosalind Franklin is famous in the history of science for her contribution to the discovery of the structure of DNA. In this family memoir her sister, Jenifer Glynn, paints a full picture of Rosalind's life.

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A warrior of the people

Joe Starita

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The story of an Indian woman who became the chief of an entrenched patriarchal tribe by crashing through thick walls of ethnic, racial and gender prejudice. She spent her life using a unique bi-cultural identity to improve the lot of her people.

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Thérèse Vanier

Ann Shearer

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Therese Vanier was a distinguished haematologist and she was the first woman consultant at St Thomas's hospital in London. This biography serves as a tribute to her life and as an inspiration to others to follow her example.

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Desert rose

Edythe Scott. Bagley

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Desert Rose details Coretta Scott King's upbringing in a family of proud, land-owning African Americans with a profound devotion to the ideals of social equality and the values of education, as well as her later role as her husband's trusted adviser.

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Our Auntie Rosa

Sheila McCauley. Keys

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In this intimate portrait of a great American hero, the family of Rosa Parks describes the woman who was not only the mother of the civil rights movement, but a nurturing mother figure to them all.

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Daring to drive

Manal Al-Sharif

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Daring to Drive offers a rare glimpse, from the inside, of women's lives in modern Saudi Arabia. It is a remarkable exploration of resilience and a celebration of female solidarity.

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Michelle Obama

Peter B. Slevin

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An inspiring story of a modern American icon, here is the first comprehensive account of the life and times of Michelle Obama. From the lessons she learned in Chicago to the messages she shares as one of the most recognizable women in the world.

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The firebrand and the First Lady

Patricia Bell-Scott

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A ground breaking book that tells the story of how a brilliant writer-turned-activist, and the first lady of the United States forged an enduring friendship that changed their lives and helped to alter the course of race and racism in America.

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