Hidden Figures- Book Review

Title: Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race

Author: Margot Lee Shetterly

★★★★★

This book was SO GOOD. I learned so much.  I wanted to read the book before seeing the movie, and I am so glad that I did (still haven’t seen the movie TBH). I listened to the audiobook, which I highly recommend.

This book was about the west computers of NACA (aka NASA before it involved space)- the computers were black women, with degrees in math and science, generally teachers before they started working for NACA.

These women did all of the mathematics and engineering, but couldn’t be granted the title of ‘engineers’, because they were women. This was during the time of separate but equal, and it really showed how unequal it actually was.

Dorothy, Katherine, Mary, Dot, and countless other women were featured in this book, their stories finally being told after years of being in the shadows and not getting enough credit for the amazing work that they did.

Throughout their stories, they are constantly having to prove their worth, and it demonstrates the different experiences that these women had- and how it compared to the black men, the white women, and the white men who also worked at NACA (and later NASA).  It is an important story, and it is finally being told.

I would never have known about these women, about the west computers, if not for this book (and the movie).  More stories like theirs need to be told- the hidden figures in history who couldn’t get credit or recognition during  their time.

This is a book everyone on earth should read. EVERYONE. Seriously.

These women deserve recognition and credit for all of the amazing work they did, despite all of the obstacles they had to face.  They didn’t let the racism and sexism they experienced on a daily basis lessen their passion or drive.  They are heroes.

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