Hidden Figures tells the story of three African-American women who worked as mathematicians, also known as computers, at NASA during the space race. The book takes place between the 1930s and 1960s, at a time when racial tensions were high. The book brings to light the difficulties these women faced despite their intelligence and the integral part they played in landing man on the moon. Throughout the book, the main themes that are brought up are racism and inequality, community, and hard work and persistence.
Throughout their careers at NASA, which was then called NACA, these women were required to work in a separate area, use separate restrooms, and eat at their own place in the cafeteria. They learned to band together and form a community in which they were the only ones who understood the discrimination that they faced. Despite all of this, their hard work and perseverance helped them be successful, although it would unfortunately be years before they were acknowledged for their important and influential work.