Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly is centered on the lives of three black women who worked for National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) in the 1950s and 60s. They worked as “computers” for NACA’s (which evolved into NASA) Langley Research Center in Virginia. Out of the hundreds of African American women that worked for NACA during this time, Shetterly focuses of three: Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, and Katherine Coleman Goble Johnson. The book is concentrated on the work that these women did to get Americans on the moon and the challenges they faced as African American women working in a segregated, male-dominated field in the South.
In the prologue, Shetterly writes,
As a child...I knew so many African Americans working in science, math, and engineering that I thought that’s just what black folks did.
Her perspective is contrasted with the world of segregation that...
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