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

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Bedtime Biography: Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly uncovers the untold stories of African-American women who played crucial roles in NASA's space program. It is an inspiring and eye-opening read that sheds light on their achievements and challenges in a time of segregation.

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    Women are barely represented in most of our popular depictions of historical events, especially those involving science, engineering, and math – Black women even less so. And yet the truth of the matter is, Black women were integral to many landmark achievements in the twentieth century, including the Apollo mission that sent Neil Armstrong to the moon. 

    In this bedtime biography, we’re telling the story of Dorothy Vaughan, Katherine Johnson, and Mary Jackson – three Black women whose contributions to the development of World War II machines, the Space Race, and civil rights helped define the world we live in today.

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    What is Bedtime Biography: Hidden Figures about?

    Narrated by Jeannette Robinson

    Music by Federico Coderoni

    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. 

    Bedtime Biography: Hidden Figures Review

    Bedtime Biography: Hidden Figures (2021) is a fascinating book that sheds light on the incredible contributions of African-American women mathematicians at NASA. Here are three reasons why you should definitely read it:

    • This book reveals the untold stories of these remarkable women, showcasing their brilliance and determination in the face of adversity.
    • Through meticulous research and engaging storytelling, the author brings these women's achievements to life, offering a fresh perspective on the history of space exploration.
    • With its inspiring and empowering message, this book not only educates but also motivates readers to pursue their dreams and break down barriers.

    Who should read Bedtime Biography: Hidden Figures?

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

    About the Author

    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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    What is the main message of Bedtime Biography: Hidden Figures?

    The main message of Bedtime Biography: Hidden Figures is that the contributions of African American women to NASA's space program should be recognized and celebrated.

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    Bedtime Biography: Hidden Figures is a worthwhile read for anyone interested in the untold stories of brilliant women who shaped history.

    Who is the author of Bedtime Biography: Hidden Figures?

    The author of Bedtime Biography: Hidden Figures is Margot Lee Shetterly.

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