Best STEM reads for the holiday season

The WISE Young Professionals Board gives us its top STEM reads for Christmas and beyond

This month here at WISE, the YPB want to share with you our latest Women in STEM & Leadership must reads & listens. With so many amazing titles being produced for and about women working in STEM, there’s never been a better time to get inspired!

  • The Gendered Brain: The New Neuroscience That Shatters the Myth of the Female Brain by Gina Rippon

The Gendered Brain is one of the most popular books for women in STEM. Living in a gendered world where we are regularly barraged with messaged about sex and gender, on a daily basis we face many stereotypes. These are deeply ingrained beliefs that your sex determines your skills and preferences, from the old age pink and blue debate, to career choices and salaries. Gina Rippon delves into what influence this constant gendering has for our decisions, thoughts, behaviours and ultimately our brains.

  • Beyond the Boys Club: Achieving Career Success as a Woman Working in a Male Dominated Field by Suzanne Doyle-Morris

In this book Suzanne shows you how to develop your career strategy, break though the glass ceiling and completely raise your game. Packed with vital insights and inspirational ideas from senior women in organisations ranging from the University of Cambridge, Microsoft and Barclays among others, the book is written specifically for professional women to enable strategic advancement no matter what stage they are at in their career.

  • Invisible Women: Exposing Data Bias in a World Designed for Men by Caroline Criado Perez

Invisible Women takes on the neglected topic of what we don’t know – and why. The result is a powerful, important and eye-opening analysis of the gender politics of knowledge and ignorance. With examples from technology to natural disasters, this is an original and timely reminder of why we need women in the leadership of the institutions that shape every aspect of our lives. A very thought provoking read which is said to be “it should be required reading for policy and decision makers everywhere” – Nicola Sturgeon

  • Headstrong: 52 Women Who Changed Science- and the World by Rachel Swaby

Covering Nobel Prize winners and major innovators, as well as lesser-known but hugely significant scientists who influence our every day, Rachel Swaby’s vibrant profiles span centuries of courageous thinkers and illustrate how each one’s ideas developed, from their first moment of scientific engagement through the research and discovery for which they’re best known. This fascinating tour reveals these 52 women at their best—while encouraging and inspiring a new generation of girls to put on their lab coats.

  • Women in Tech: Practical Advice and Inspiring Stories from Successful Women in Tech to Take Your Career to the Next Level by Tarah Wheeler

Tarah shares her experiences as the CEO of startup whilst navigating through challenges females in tech face on a daily basis. This novel shares inspiring stories from other high achieving women with the tech industry from entrepreneurs and analysts to elite hackers and gamers. Through sharing these stories Tarah aims to provide a roadmap for women looking to further develop and accelerate their career in tech.

  • Technically Wrong: Sexist Apps, Biased Algorithms, and Other Threats of Toxic Tech by Sara Wachter-Boettcher

From our weekly shop, keeping fit or finding a new significant other, in todays era whatever we want to do, it is likely that we can now it online. However, many of us fail to question the underlying design basis of this digital world. In this book, Technically Wrong takes an unflinching look at the values, processes and assumptions that lead to many drawbacks of this digital set up and more. Wachter-Boettcher demystifies the tech industry, leaving those of us on the other side of the screen better prepared to make informed choices about the services we use-and demand more from the companies behind them.

If you are more of a listen on the commute sort of person then we have you covered too, here are some of our favourite podcasts:

 Documentary. DJ Nihal Arthanayake explores what is stopping members of the ethnic minorities from playing a key part in Britain’s intelligence services.

Who sits around the tech table determines how society is shaped. Mary Ann Sieghart reveals the hidden and disturbing consequences of having so few women in the tech industry.

A podcast sharing stories of ordinarily extraordinary women that work in STEM fields. The women featured on these episodes work in different STEM fields, are at different phases in their careers, and bring their unique perspectives and stories. Find out what these women do, how they have navigated their careers, balanced families, and why they made the career choices they did.

Being a STEMinist means creating a wildly fulfilling career without compromising your family or social life. Learn how to take back control of your career progression, navigate gender equality issues, stop balancing work with life, and start enjoying it. When you love your whole life, you become a living example that a STEM career is where it’s at.

(Cover photo by Photo by Matias North on Unsplash)

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