In honor of Women’s History Month, the Society of Military Spouses in STEM (SMSS) encourages readers of all ages to explore the groundbreaking contributions women have made to science, technology, engineering and math—both past and present. From studying the delicate anatomy of the smallest insects to puzzling the subatomic mysteries of the galaxy, these remarkable women have advanced our understanding of life and the universe.
Kickstart your women in STEM reading list with these amazing stories of trailblazers, scientists, adventurers, and engineers!
Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World
By Rachel Ignotofsky
(2016, Ages 10-17)
Women in Engineering: Pioneers and Trailblazers
By Margaret E. Layne
The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women
By Kate Moore
The Girl with a Mind for Math: The Story of Raye Montague
By Julia Finley Mosca Illustrations by Daniel Rieley
(2018, Ages 5-10)
Headstrong 52 Women Who Changed Science—And the World
By Rachael Swaby
Classified: The Secret Career of Mary Golda Ross Cherokee Aerospace Engineer
By Taci Sorell Illustrations by Natasha Donovan
(2021, Ages 7-11)
Chrysalis: Maria Sibylla Merian and the Secrets of Metamorphosis
By Kim Todd
The Astronaut with a Song for the Stars: The Story of Dr. Ellen Ochoa
By Julia Finley Mosca Illustrated by Daniel Rieley
(2019, Ages 5-10)
Shark Lady: The True Story of How Eugenie Clark Became the Ocean’s Most Fearless Scientist
By Jess Keating Illustrations by Marta Álvarez Miguéns
(2017, Ages 4-8)
Joan Proctor, Dragon Doctor: The Woman Who Loved Reptiles
By Patricia Valdez Illustrations by Felicita Sala
(2018, Ages 4-8)
Dinosaur Lady: The Daring Discoveries of Mary Anning, the First Paleontologist
By Linda Skeers Illustrations by Marta Álvarez Miguéns
(2020, Ages 4-8)
Queen of Physics: How Wu Chien Shiung Helped Unlock the Secrets of the Atom
By Teresa Robeson Illustrations by Rebecca Huang
(2019, Ages 5-10)
Girls Who Code: Learn to Code and Change the World
By Reshma Saujani
(2018, Ages 10-16)
Did you know SMSS members are students and professionals located across the globe?
The Women’s Bureau, part of the U.S. Department of Labor, estimates 92% of spouses married to those serving in the U.S. military are women.
Although not a gender-specific organization, SMSS believes in celebrating and uplifting women in STEM fields and all military spouses interested in STEM to reach their full potential and create a positive impact in their communities through support, visibility, advocacy, and opportunity.
Become an SMSS member and share your favorite stories in our members-only discussion board.