Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly
Thursday, January 4, 2017
Hidden Figures tells the story of African-American women who worked as computers to solve problems for engineers and others at NASA. For the first years of their careers, the workplace was segregated and women were kept in the background as human computers. Author Margot Lee Shetterly’s father was actually a research scientist at NASA who worked with many of the book’s main characters. The book explains how these three historical women overcame the discrimination and racial segregation to become three American figures in history. The main character, Katherine Johnson, calculated rocket trajectories for the Mercury and Apollo missions. Johnson successfully “took matters into her own hands,” by being adamant with her supervisor about her capabilities, Katherine Johnson was allowed into all male meetings at NASA. The multi award nominated 2016 film adaptation stars Octavia Spencer.