Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race
They participated in some of NASA's greatest successes, like providing the calculations for America's first journeys into space. And they did so during a time when being black and a woman limited what they could do. But they worked hard. They persisted. And they used their genius minds to change the world.
In this illustrated picture book edition, we explore the story of four female African American mathematicians at NASA, known as "colored computers," and how they overcame gender and racial barriers to succeed in a highly challenging STEM-based career.
Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, and Christine Darden were once hidden figures in one of the United States greatest accomplishments. However, thanks to a best-selling book and box office hit movie, they no longer are.
There stories are a bit complex, due to the many struggles they faced and what their jobs entailed. Thankfully, the author, Margot Lee Shetterly, was able to tell their stories simply and clearly for younger audiences to truly grasp.
What I think is most important about this book is that it anything is possible if you speak up. Each of these woman were incredibly gifted with numbers and hardworking, however, they would never have accomplished what they did without asking for what they wanted. And when the answer was no, they pushed until it was yes.
This is a book for those who wish to be inspired.