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Hidden Figures

The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians who Helped Win the Space Race

By Margot Lee Shetterly
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Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians who Helped Win the Space Race  by Margot Lee Shetterly

Hidden Figures (2016) reveals the untold story of the black female mathematicians who helped send John Glenn on his first orbit around the Earth and Neil Armstrong to the moon. These courageous, trailblazing women answered the call of duty by leaving their teaching jobs in segregated Southern schools behind and helping to shape the modern space program.

  • Women in engineering
  • Those interested in the true history of the space program
  • Students of politics, science and history

Margot Lee Shetterly grew up in Hampton, Virginia, where she came to know many of the women she writes about in Hidden Figures. She is a recipient of the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities research grant and a fellowship member of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

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