Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly
The extraordinary true story of the black female mathematicians at NASA whose calculations helped fuel some of America’s most significant achievements in space.
Among these problem-solvers were a group of exceptionally talented African American women, some of the brightest minds of their generation. Relegated initially to teaching math in the South’s segregated public schools, they were called into service during the labor shortages of World War II, when America’s aeronautics industry was in dire need of anyone who had the right stuff. Suddenly, these overlooked math whizzes had a shot at jobs worthy of their skills, and they answered Uncle Sam’s call, moving to Hampton, Virginia and the fascinating, high-energy world of the Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory.
Paperback, 384 pages.