During a dinnertime discussion two years ago, illustrator Rachel Ignotofsky and her friend started chewing on the subject of what’s become a meaty conversation in America: women’s representation in STEM fields.
Ignotofsky, who lives in Kansas City, Missouri, lamented that kids don’t seem to hear much about women scientists. “I just kept saying over and over and over again that we’re not taught the stories of these women when we’re in school,” she recalls. Eventually, it dawned on her: “I was saying it enough that I was like, you know, I’m just talking a lot about this; I should draw some of the women in science that I feel really excited about.”
From Ignotofsky’s perspective, illustrations can be instrumental to learning. “As a kid, I always struggled with reading, and it was comic books, and books like Amelia’s Notebook that had all the illustrations in it, that really made me have fun reading,” she says, “so I wanted to create a science book like that.”
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