about the book


“The authors of this groundbreaking book have generously offered us a front-row view of the lives of women who have entered male-dominated worlds. The stories of these women scientists tell of major accomplishments, despite the additional burdens of having to fight on two fronts: Racism and sexism.”
– Dr Mamphela Ramphele

To be born in a developing country is like competing in a race with your arms tied behind your back. To be born a female is to compete with your arms tied behind your back and blindfolded. An African child faces many barriers to education, health and social welfare. Yet, despite all these hurdles, some children grow up to become industry leaders in fields that seemed beyond reach in their childhood.

Authors Thato Motlhalamme and Evodia Setati follow the journeys of 14 award-winning and pioneering black women in Science, from their childhoods and education to their arrival in the upper echelons of various organisations, achieved through innovation, academic excellence, social intelligence, authentic leadership and tenacity. The humble rural beginnings of some of these women did not limit intellectual growth, but rather stimulated creative, out-of-the-box thinking, which has served them well in their respective industries and businesses.

These remarkable stories tell of a deep hunger for knowledge, a determination and commitment to succeed, and a work ethic that ensures success. The book includes full colour profile illustrations and tips for success for those who dream of following a career in the sciences. Contributors include: Mamokgethi Phakeng, Keolebogile Shirley Motaung, Vhonani Netshandama, Nomusa Dlamini, Tebello Nyokong, Patience Mthunzi-Kufa, Mmantsae Diale, Rapela Maphanga, Muthoni Masinde, Nox Makunga, Nolwazi Mkize, Ncoza Dlova, Refilwe Nancy Phaswana-Mafuya and Salome Maswime.

With a foreword by Dr Mamphela Ramphele.

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Book details

Size: 6 x 9 (US Trade)
No of pages: 168
Formats: Paperback and ebook
Available from: Publisher.co.za, Amazon and the authors

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About the authors

Dr Evodia Setati grew up in Seshego, Polokwane. She obtained her BSc (Hons) degree from University of Limpopo, and her PhD in Microbiology at Stellenbosch University. She is now a chief researcher at Stellenbosch University and was the recipient of the Distinguished Woman Scientist (Engineering and Natural Sciences) Award from the Department of Science and Innovation in 2018. She is also a professional coach and obtained an MPhil in Management Coaching from Stellenbosch University.

Dr Thato Motlhalamme grew up in Gabarone, Botswana. She obtained a degree in Complimentary Medicine and a Master degree in Medical Biosciences from the University of Western Cape. She also obtained her PhD in Wine Biotechnology at Stellenbosch University and is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow. She has a passion for science and inspiring young women to choose careers in science.