“Hidden Figures”


“Hidden Figures” by Margot Lee Shetterly is a captivating non-fiction book that highlights the remarkable stories of the African-American female mathematicians who played a pivotal role in the early days of NASA’s space program.

Set against the backdrop of the segregated United States in the 1940s and 50s, Shetterly tells the true and inspiring tale of Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, and other brilliant women who fought against racial and gender discrimination to become essential contributors to NASA’s remarkable achievements.

With meticulous research and engaging storytelling, “Hidden Figures” sheds light on the incredible obstacles these women faced while pursuing careers in mathematics and engineering. From calculating complex equations to breaking systematic barriers, they not only challenged societal norms but also became integral to NASA’s success in sending the first American astronaut to space.

Shetterly’s narrative not only celebrates these courageous pioneers but also provides a wider historical context, showcasing the broader struggles for civil rights and gender equality during that era. By bringing their stories to the forefront, she emphasizes the importance of women’s contributions to fields historically dominated by men.

“Hidden Figures” is an inspirational and informative read that brings to light the untold achievements of these extraordinary women, championing their resilience, intellect, and unwavering determination to make a lasting impact on American history.