Hidden Figures, as the title insinuates, is an account of the contributions of black women in the space race amidst an era of racial and gender discrimination. The book takes you through the journeys of a pioneering black computer, Dorothy Vaughan, who rose to be the first black female section head. It also discusses the first female (and black) engineer at NASA, Mary Jackson. The book climaxes on Katherine Johnson, who calculated the trajectories of the America’s first manned mission to space and the first manned mission to the moon. It’s an intriguing read, merging the struggles and achievements of the black women, and America’s war against enemies within and enemies without. For the casual reader, it’s a great story of triumph against unfavorable odds. For the historian, it’s an informative piece into the contributions of black women, and women in general, to America’s recent history.
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