Celebrating Indian women who loved science enough to fight for their place in the sun


NEW DELHI, February 18, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Let’s talk about the book, the author and the illustrator Ilina Singh said, “It’s time for young people to discover the hidden figures – remarkable daring girls who pioneered science in India. I want schools in India would tell us more to children about female role models because we can’t be what we don’t see. I hope the stories inspire more girls to love science and have fulfilling careers in the field.”

“Endowed with intelligence and an innate artistic talent, the young Ilina Singh presented through this book; 11 trailblazing Indian women who overcame all obstacles to succeed in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).” – Eric FaltDirector and Representative of UNESCO to Bhutan, India, Maldives and Sri Lanka

“Ilina’s book fills such an important gap for young people to know about Indian scientists. It is a simple

and a powerful look at many important inventions in the hands of Indian women.” – Shaili ChopraFounder – SheThePeople

Brave Girls of Science stands out for several reasons – it presents the biographies of 11 remarkable women who have marked the scientific field; it also sheds light on different scientific fields that will motivate readers to explore them; and last but not least, the book was written, researched and illustrated by a young adult author who understood the gap she and others like her must see when seeking to learn more about careers and accomplishments. Indian women scientists.” – Tina NarangPublisher – HarperCollins Children’s Books

About the book:

Eleven brave women who loved science enough to fight for their place in the sun…

This book explores the contribution of these remarkable Indian women – from the cytogeneticist Archana Sharma and botanist Janaki Ammal to mathematician Raman Parimala, physicist Bibha Chowdhurichemist Asima Chatterjee and many others. This book is a celebration of their lives and the wonderful world of science.

On Ilina Singh:

Ilina Singh is young, curious and believes she can make the world a better place by solving problems big and small. She considers herself an artist who loves science. Or is it the other way around round? She used to doodle on every wall she could reach as a young child. And opened electronic gadgets to “see what’s inside”.

Ilina’s initiative – Ilina’s Art Throb – seeks to use art for social awareness. Its website of the same name uses machine learning to highlight how sexist a story is so that parents and educators can choose the right stories for young children.

It is Ilina’s wish that girls and boys see science and math as equally interesting ways to explore and understand our world and leave it better than we found it. Ilina is a class 11 student and lives in Gurgaon with her parents and dearest dog Uzi. She was nominated for the Pradhan Mantri Bal Puraskar for Arts and Culture.

About HarperCollins Publishers India:

HarperCollins India publishes some of the best writers from the Indian subcontinent and around the world, releasing around 200 new books every year, with a print and digital catalog of over 2,000 titles spread across 10 editions. Its authors have won almost all major literary awards including Man Booker Prize, JCB Prize, DSC Prize, New India Foundation Prize, Atta Galatta Prize, Shakti Bhatt Prize, Gourmand Cookbook Prize, Publishing Next Prize , Tata Literature Live! Award, Gaja Capital Business Book Prize, BICW Award, Sushila Devi Award, Sahitya Akademi Award and Crossword Book Award. HarperCollins Inia also represents some of the best publishers in the world, including Harvard University Press, Gallup Press, Oneworld, Bonnier Zaffre, Usborne, Dover and Lonely Planet. HarperCollins India has received the Publisher of the Year award four times: at Tata Literature Live! in 2021, 2018 and 2016 and to Publishing Next in 2015. HarperCollins India is a subsidiary of HarperCollins Publishers.

SOURCE HarperCollins Publishers India


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