The amazing true story of the Black women who helped launch the US into space

Cover image of “Hidden Figures,” a book about Black women in the space race

A CENTURY OF PROGRESS IN THE AIR AND IN SPACE

HIDDEN FIGURES: THE STORY OF THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN WOMEN WHO HELPED WIN THE SPACE RACE BY MARGOT LEE SHETTERLY (2016) 261 PAGES ★★★★☆

Image of the Langley Research Center in Virginia, where Black women were among the “computers” who helped win World War II and power the space race
Before NASA, there was NACA, the National Advisory Committee on Aeronautics. The photo shows hangars at the Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory in Hampton, Virginia, where NACA was based. Image: NASA

THREE BLACK WOMEN IN THE SPACE RACE PLAYED PIVOTAL ROLES

Images of three of the leading African-American women who played pivotal roles in the space race
Katherine Johnson, Mary Jackson, and Dorothy Vaughn (L to R), the three women featured in Hidden Figures. Images: NASA

DOROTHY VAUGHN

KATHERINE JOHNSON

MARY JACKSON

A STUDY OF RACE RELATIONS IN THE 1940S, 50S, AND 60S

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Image of Margot Lee Shetterly, author of this book about Black women in the space race
Margot Lee Shetterly. Image: Sanjay Suchak — University of Virginia

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