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Bedtime Biography: 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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Bedtime Biography: Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly

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. 

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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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