Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race
Hidden Figures The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race Author:Margot Lee Shetterly Before John Glenn orbited the earth, or Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of dedicated female mathematicians known as “human computers” used pencils, slide rules, and adding machines to calculate the numbers that would launch rockets, and astronauts, into space. This book brings to life the stories of Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, ... more »Katherine Johnson, and Christine Darden, four African-American women who lived through the civil rights era, the Space Race, the Cold War, and the movement for gender equality, and whose work forever changed the face of NASA and the country.« less
Very good book, very interesting. Compared to the movie, there is much more background on the day-to-day racism they experienced outside of Langley and much more detail about their work and others they interacted with.
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Wow, this book is so well written and engaging that I want to tell all my women friends to read it. The social background about opportunities, limits and social life for African Americans in the South in the 1930s, 1940s and later is superbly presented. I did not see the movie, but it's clear why producers thought it would make a compelling drama. Highly recommended for anyone interested in women's place in society and in the history of civil rights in America.