International Women's Day 2023

Published on 24 February 2023

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Cracking the Code

International Women's Day (8 March) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. 

This year's theme for International Women's Day is Cracking the Code. Please enjoy this book list illustrating amazing women in science and the code breakers of the past. The titles range from biographical and historical to code breaking and modern science. The fiction titles involve women working in the field of science or code breaking. 



The Bletchley women
Patricia Adrian

Wartime at Bletchley Park
Molly Green

Lessons in Chemistry
Bonnie Garmus

The girl from Bletchley Park
Kathleen McGurl

Secrets at Bletchley Park
Margaret Dickinson

The rose code
Kate Quinn

Angels and demons
Dan Brown

The love hypothesis
Ali Hazelwood

The atomic weight of love
Elizabeth Church

In Farleigh Field
Rhys Bowen

Connie Willis 

A Wrinkle in Time
Madeleine L'Engle

The atomic city girls
Janet Beard

The Chemist
Stephanie Meyer

Fiona Wood:
inventor of spray-on skin

Cristy Burne

Agatha Christie:
a very elusive woman

Lucy Worsley

She will soar
Ana Sampson

Michelle Simmons:
Quantum computing scientist
Nova Weetman

Women in white coats
Olivia Campbell

Gisela Kaplan:
bird and primate scientist

Emily Gale

The code breaker
Walter Isaacson

Rebel women
Rosalind Miles

Ten women who changed science, and the world
Catherine Whitlock and Rhodri Evans

Forgotten women. The scientists
Zing Tsjeng

Girls who code
Reshma Saujani

100 women who made history:
remarkable women who shaped our world
Stella Caldwell

The Bletchley girls:
war, secrecy, love and loss

Tessa Dunlop

Georgia Ward-Fear:
reptile biologist and explorer
Claire Saxby

Marie Curie and her daughters:
the private lives of science's first family

Shelley Emling


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