Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race

Margot Lee Shetterly

In a world where role models can shape our future, Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Who Helped Win the Space Race is a powerful beacon of inspiration. Margot Lee Shetterly’s captivating nonfiction masterpiece sheds light on the incredible achievements of African-American female mathematicians who transformed American space travel.

Step into the lives of Katherine Goble Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson as they navigate a path from segregated computing offices to managerial and engineering roles within NASA. Spanning the impactful years from the 1940s to the 1980s, this book unveils the remarkable intersection of aeronautic innovation and space exploration. It not only captures the essence of America’s historic transformation during the 20th century, but also delves into complex issues such as international relations, segregation, and economic growth.

Through personal accounts, you’ll witness the challenges these trailblazers faced as they competed with their white colleagues and male counterparts. Beyond their professional achievements, their unwavering commitment to their communities is truly awe-inspiring. Margot Lee Shetterly’s writing is a masterful blend of thoughtful storytelling and well-researched facts, effortlessly weaving together interviews with these remarkable women. The emotion and depth that Hidden Figures captures far surpasses the Hollywood adaptation it inspired.

If you’re seeking an educational and illuminating read that explores the post-war Black working class of America, Hidden Figures is an exceptional choice. Prepare to be inspired by the resilience and tenacity of these “hidden figures” who have long been overlooked in history’s pages. Their stories serve as a beacon of hope and a reminder of the transformative power of perseverance.