Hidden Figures by Margot Shetterly shines a light on the math geniuses who helped launch NASA. During the labor shortage of World War II, three black women with superb mathematical skills were hired to make needed calculations for the war effort. Being black and working in Langley, Virgina, they were, of course, segregated from their white coworkers. They stayed on after the war and contributed to the nascent space program. No faceless drones, they offered suggestions, caught errors, and authored research reports, all the while fighting for recognition.
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