Fantastically Great Women Who Worked Wonders


The latest book in this ‘fantastic’ series is every bit as entertaining and informative as its predecessors. Kate Pankhurst has once again turned her attention to significant women who have done amazing things- this time, forging careers in many different fields.


The book includes well-known names as well as those who are less familiar. Maria Merian’s work on studying insects in the early 1700’s has been used by generations of scientists since her book was first published in 1705. Others, like Katherine Johnson battled against racial prejudice and sexism to work at NASA. Each fascinating story is told through a mixture of illustration and text, offering an excellent introduction to the individual and the world they lived in.


One of my favourite sections in this collection is that about the match girls. I remember finding out about them when I was at primary school with the horrors of phossy jaw and their appalling working conditions and would have loved to have found their story portrayed in this way.


Thoroughly inspiring and completely engaging, ‘Fantastically Great Women Who Worked Wonders’ is a brilliant addition to every bookshelf and sits perfectly alongside the other volumes in the series. I’d like to see a ‘Fantastically Great Women Who Made Music’ or ‘Fantastically Great Women Who Travelled the World’ next!

Fantastically Great Women Who Worked Wonders Kate Pankhurst

Bloomsbury ISBN: 978-1408899274

You can read our review of Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World here and Fantastically Great Women Who Made History here.