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WISE Reads

A selection of recommended books (and a video) from the WISE Ventures library for your enjoyment -- good reads of particular interest to women in science, mathematics, and engineering:

  • Ambrose, Susan A., Kristin L. Dunkle, Barbara B. Lazarus, Indira Nair, and Deborah A. Harkus, editors. Journeys of Women in Science and Engineering: No Universal Constants (1999, Temple University Press; ISBN-10: 1566395283; ISBN-13: 978-1566395281)
  • Banaji, M. R. and Greenwald, A. G., Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People (Delacorte Press, 2013)
  • Bix, Amy Sue. Girls Coming to Tech!:  A History of American Engineering Education for Women (MIT Press, 2014)
  • Babcock, Linda and Sara Laschever, Women Don't Ask: The High Cost of Avoiding Negotiation--and Positive Strategies for Change (2007, Bantam; ISBN-10: 0553383876; ISBN-13: 978-0553383874)
  • Blum, Arlene, Breaking Trail: A Climbing Life (2007, Mariner Books; ISBN-10: 0156031167; ISBN-13: 978-0156031165)
  • Boice, Robert, Advice for New Faculty Members (2000, Pearson; ISBN-10 0205281591; ISBN-13 978-0205281596)
  • Daniell, Ellen, Every Other Thursday: Stories and Strategies from Successful Women Scientists (2008, Yale University Press; ISBN-10 0300510845; ISBN-13 978-0300510843)
  • Des Jardins, Julie, The Madame Curie Complex: The Hidden History of Women in Science [Paperback, 2010, The Feminist Press at CUNY; ISBN-10: 1558616136; ISBN-13: 978-1558616134)
  • Dweck, Carol, Mindset: The New Psychology of Success (2007, Ballantine Books; ISBN-10: 0345472322; ISBN-13: 978-0345472328)
  • (video recording) Erickson, LeAnn (Director, Actor, Narrator), Top Secret Rosies: The Female Computers of WWII (2011, PBS, ASIN: B00443FMKC)
  • Etzkowitz, Henry, Carol Kemelgor, and Brian Uzzi, Athena Unbound: The Advancement of Women in Science and Technology (2000, Cambridge University Press, ISBN: 0521787386, 9780521787383)
  • Heath, Chip and Dan Heath, Decisive: How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work (2014, Random House Business Books; ISBN-10: 1847940862; ISBN-13: 978-1847940865)
  • Henrion, Claudia, Women in Mathematics: The Addition of Difference (1997, Indiana University Press; ISBN-10: 0253211190; ISBN-13: 978-0253211194)
  • Kahneman, Daniel, Thinking, Fast and Slow (2013, Farrar, Straus and Giroux; ISBN-10: 0374533555; ISBN-13: 978-0374533557)
  • Keller, Evelyn Fox, Reflections on Gender and Science (1996 Paperback edition, Yale University Press; ISBN-10: 0300065957; ISBN-13: 978-0300065954)
  • Kotter, John P., Buy-In: Saving Your Good Idea from Getting Shot Down (2010, Harvard Business Review Press; ISBN-10: 1422157296; ISBN-13: 978-1422157299)
  • Maddox, Brenda, Rosalind Franklin: The Dark Lady of DNA (2003, Harper Perennial; ISBN-10: 0060985089; ISBN-13: 978-0060985080)
  • Markus, Hazel Rose and Alana Conner, Clash!: 8 Cultural Conflicts That Make Us Who We Are (2014, Plume; ISBN-10: 0142180939; ISBN-13: 978-0142180938)
  • McGrayne, Sharon Bertsch, Nobel Prize Women in Science: Their Lives, Struggles, and Momentous Discoveries (2001 (2nd edition), Joseph Henry Press; ISBN-10 0309072700; ISBN-13  978-0309072700)
  • Meyerson, Debra E., Tempered Radicals: How Everyday Leaders Inspire Change at Work (2003, Harvard Business School Press; ISBN-10: 1591393256; ISBN-13: 978-1591393252)
  • Rosser, Sue V., Breaking into the Lab: Engineering Progress for Women in Science (2012, New York University Press; ISBN-10: 0814776450; ISBN-13: 978-0814776452)
  • Sandberg, Sheryl. Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead (Knopf, 2013).
  • Schiebinger, Londa, Gendered Innovations in Science and Engineering (2008 [Paperback], Stanford University Press; ISBN-10: 0804758158; ISBN-13: 978-0804758154)
  • Skloot, Rebecca, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (2011, Broadway Books; ISBN-10: 1400052181)
  • Steele, Claude M., Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do (2011, W. W. Norton & Company; ISBN-10: 0393339726; ISBN-13: 978-0393339727)
  • Valian, Virginia, Why So Slow? The Advancement of Women (1999, The MIT Press; ISBN-10: 0262720310; ISBN-13:  978-0262720311)
  • Wasserman, Elga et al, The Door in the Dream: Conversations with Eminent Women in Science (2000, Joseph Henry Press; ISBN-10: 0309086191; ISBN-13: 978-0309086196)
  • Williams, Joan C, Rachel Dempsey and Anne-Marie Slaughter, What Works for Women at Work: Four Patterns Working Women Need to Know (2014, NYU Press; ISBN-10: 1479835455; ISBN-13: 978-1479835454)
  • Young, Valerie. The Secret Thoughts of Successful Women: Why Capable People Suffer from the Impostor Syndrome and How to Thrive in Spite of It (Crown Business, 2011)

​Suggestions for additions to this list, comments and questions are welcome -- please email.