What are the major events in Hidden Figures?

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Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Who Helped Win the Space Race is a nonfiction book by African-American businesswomen, journalist, and entrepreneur Margot Lee Shetterly . It was published in 2016, and it tells and celebrates the untold history from the 1930s...

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Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Who Helped Win the Space Race is a nonfiction book by African-American businesswomen, journalist, and entrepreneur Margot Lee Shetterly. It was published in 2016, and it tells and celebrates the untold history from the 1930s to the 1960s of the African American women mathematicians who made essential contributions to NASA and whose calculations were essential to the efforts to explore space.

The Langley Research Center where the women worked was founded in 1917.In 1931, it built what was then the world's largest wind tunnel. This and subsequent iterations of wind tunnels at the facility allowed mathematicians to better understand aerodynamics essential to building advanced planes and rockets.

Another major event was World War II (1939–1945). During the war, men were called up to serve in the military forces, providing opportunities for women to compete for jobs that had traditionally been open only to men. The shortages of civilian labor provided the chance for African American women to succeed at professional careers despite the entrenched sexism and racism that would normally have limited their opportunities.

The launch of the Sputnik 1 spacecraft by the Soviet Union to a low Earth orbit on October 4, 1957, was a major impetus for the United States program. Being beaten by the Soviet Union in the space race led to massive funding for the United States space program, proving opportunities for rapid career advancement for people working in the field.

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