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Changing the Equation 50+ US Black Women in STEM

Author: Tonya Bolden
Lower Age: 10
Upper Age: 14
Year Added: 2019

Changing the Equation: 50+ US Black Women in STEM, by Tonya Bolden is a book that portrays the tenacity and determination of the first black women that have pioneered in the world of STEM becoming one of the first computer scientists, doctors, inventors, physicists, pharmacists, mathematicians, aviators in their field.  It lists the academic background for each black woman as well as their invention or contribution towards academia and their legacy; while the book does a good job of profiling each individual, there’s relatively little detail to each, and the book would have benefited from more personal anecdotes and depth.

Despite its brevity, this book provides an inspiration to minority groups that have long been segregated from the sciences to replicate the successes of these black women and could encourage readers to become the leaders of the future. Overall, this book is powerful as the stories of determination could be used as a beacon of inspiration for young readers.