Author: Nathalia Holt

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Women in Film Nonfiction Review: The Queens of Animation

June 21, 2022 Uncategorized 3 ★★★★

Women in Film Nonfiction Review: The Queens of AnimationTitle: The Queens of Animation: The Untold Story of the Women Who Transformed the World of Disney and Made Cinematic History
Author: Nathalia Holt
Source: Library
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Rating:four-stars

Summary: This was a great read, full of engaging stories that taught me a lot of about animation and the role women have played at Disney.

This story about the female animators who shaped Disney movies is by the same author who published Rise of the Rocket Girls several years before. I noted that the previous book didn’t include many technical details and I thought this book was much better in that regard. It could be because I know less about animation, but I learned so much about how movies are made. There are aspects of animation that I took completely for granted that seem almost miraculous now that I understand the effort and technological innovation required. Read more »

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Women in Science History Review: Rise of the Rocket Girls

March 27, 2017 Uncategorized 7 ★★★★

Women in Science History Review: Rise of the Rocket GirlsTitle: Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us, from Missiles to the Moon to Mars
Author: Nathalia Holt
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Rating:four-stars

Review: This was a fun read and highlighted some important work, but I would have liked more depth on the technical side of the story.

Long before ‘computers’ were calculating machines, they were mathematicians (primarily women) and eventually the first software developers. Working at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, an elite group of female computers fought hard to balance personal lives with careers they loved at a time when that was still considered a highly unusual thing for a woman to do. Through their expertise and painstaking effort, these computers “transformed rocket design, helped bring about the first American satellites, and made the exploration of the solar system possible” (source). Read more »

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