2014-2015 Reading List 


Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, “What Are the Dangers of a Single Story?,”  NPR Radio Hour, 2013.

Epstein, Michael. “MAKERS: Women In Space.” PBS, 2015.

Gandy, Imani. “How False Narratives of Margaret Sanger Are Being Used to Shame Black Women.” RH Reality Check: Reproductive & Sexual Health and Justice, August 2015.

Glassman, Elena, Neha Narula, and Jean Yang. “MIT Computer Scientists Demonstrate the Hard Way That Gender Still Matter.” Wired Magazine, December 19, 2014.

Jahren, A. Hope. “Science’s Sexual Assault Problem.” The New York Times, September 2014.

Lepore, Jill. “The Last Amazon.” The New Yorker, 2014.

Norburn, Bryony, "The Female Enigmas of Bletchley Park in the 1940s Should Encourage Those of Tomorrow." The Conversation, January 26, 2015.

Books & Articles 

Abbate, Janet. Recoding Gender: Women’s Changing Participation in Computing. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2012.

Apple, Rima D. “Constructing Motherhood: Scientific Motherhood in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries.” Social History of Medicine 8, no. 2 (1995).

Beal, Frances M. Black Women’s Manifesto, Double Jeopardy: To Be Black and Female, 1969.

Beyer, Kurt. Grace Hopper and the Invention of the Information Age. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2010.

Bowerbank, Sylvia. Speaking for Nature: Women and Ecologies of Early Modern England. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2004.

Brown, Matthew J. “Love Slaves and Wonder Women: Radical Feminism and Social Reform in the Psychology of William Moulton Marston,” 2015.

Burek, C.V., and B. Higgs, eds. The Role of Women in the History of Geology. Bath, UK: The Geological Society Publishing House, 2007.

Davis, Larry E. Mary Annig of Lyme Regis: 19th Century Pioneer in British Paleontology. Headwaters, 2009.

Des Jardins, Julie. The Madame Curie Complex: The Hidden History of Women in Science (Women Writing Science). New York: The Feminist Press, 2010.

Ensmenger, Nathan. “Making Programming Masculine.” Gender Codes: Why Women Are Leaving Computing, edited by Thomas J. Misa, 115–42. New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2010.

Foster, Amy E. Integrating Women into the Astronaut Corps: Politics and Logistics at NASA, 1972-2004. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2011.

Gates, Barbara. Kindred Nature: Victorian and Edwardian Women Embrace the Living World. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1998.

Grier, David Allan. When Computers Were Human. Princeton University Press, 2005.

Hooker, Deborah A. “The Arguments of Labor: Twentieth-Century American Women’s Autobiographical Childbirth Narratives.” University of Florida, 1997.

Jacome, Marc. “Remembering the Space Race: Nationalism and Heroic White America.” Academia.edu, n.d.

Johnson, Charles W., and Charles O. Jackson. City Behind a Fence: Oak Ridge, Tenessee. Knoxville: The University of Tennessee Press, 1981.

King, CR. “The New York Maternal Mortality Study: A Conflict of Professionalization.” Bulletin of the History of Medicine 65, no. 4 (1991): 476–502.

Koppel, Lily. The Astronaut Wives Club: A True Story. New York: Hatchette Book Group, 2014.

Light, Jennifer S. “When Computers Were Women.” Technology and Culture 40, no. 3 (1999): 455–83.

Lepore, Jill. The Secret History of Wonder Woman. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2014.

MacLean, Nancy. Freedom Is Not Enough: The Opening of the American Workplace. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2008.

Mariner, Rosemary B., and Piehler G. Kurt. The Atomic Bomb and American Society: New Perspectives. The University of Tennessee Press, 2009.

May, Elaine Typer. America and the Pill: A History of Promise, Peril, and Liberation. New York: Basic Books, 2010.

McKay, Sinclair. The Secret Lives of Codebreakers: The Men and Women Who Cracked the Enigma Code at Bletchley Park. United States: Plume, 2012.

Misa, Thomas J. Gender Codes: Why Women Are Leaving Computing. Wiley, 2010.

Pattinson, Mary. The Business Management of the Home: (The Principles of Domestic Engineering). McBride & Co., 1918.

Roberts, Dorothy. Killing the Black Body: Race, Reproduction, and the Meaning of Liberty. New York: Vintage, 1997.

Roensch, Eleanor Stone. Life Within Limits: Glimpses of Everyday Life at Los Alamos, New Mexico, Seen Through the Experiences of a Young Female Soldier While on Military Service There. Lost Alamost Historical Society, 1933.

Schiebinger, Londa. Nature’s Body: Gender in the Making of Modern Science. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2013.

Sewell, Jane Eliot. “Cesarean Section: A Brief History.” National Library of Medicine, A Brochure to Accompany an Exhibition on the History of Cesarean Section At the National Library of Medicine, 1993.

Strasser, Susan. Never Done: A History of American Housework. Holt, 2000.

Tone, Andrea. “Medicalizing Reproduction: The Pill and Home Pregnancy Tests.” Journal for the Scientific Study of Sex 49, no. 4 (2012): 319–27.

Tribbe, Matthew. No Requiem for the Space Age. Oxford University Press, 2014.


Turner, Susan, and Cynthia V. Burek. “Forgotten Women in an Extinct Saurian (man’s) World.” Geological Society, London, Special Collections 343 (2010): 111–53.

Viressayev, Vikeniy. The Memiors of a Physician. Translated by Simon Linden. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1916.

Watkins, Billy. Apollo Moon Missions: The Unsung Heroes. Bison Books, 2007.

Weitekamp, Margaret A. “Critical Theory as a Toolbox: Suggestions for Space History’s Relationship to the History Subdisciplines.” In Critical Issues in the History of Spaceflight, edited by Steven J. Dick and Roger D. Launius, 549–72. Washington D.C.: National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 2006.

Weitekamp, Margaret. Right Stuff, Wrong Sex. Johns Hopkins University Press, 2004.