Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly review

Before John Glenn orbited the earth, or Neil Armstrong walked in the moon, a group of dedicated female mathematicians know as “human computers” used pencils, slide rulers, and adding machines to calculate the numbers that would launch rockets, and astronauts, into space. 

Among these problem-solvers were a group of exceptionally talented African American women. Originally math teachers in the South’s segregated public schools, these gifted professionals answered Uncle Sam’s call during the labor shortages of World War II. With new jobs st the fascinating, high-energy world if the Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory in Hampton, Virginia, they finally had a shit as jobs that would push their skills to the limits…….”


I don’t feel like I can give it a star rating since I DNF’d the book. I wanted to love this so much. I love history, I’m intrigued by African-American History but this book was not going those amazing ladies justice. 😔 I couldn’t stay invested even after the first couple pages. I kept drifting away. It read more like an orientation booklet for newbies starting at NASA. I think this will be the time that the movie is a million times better. I do believe these ladies, all the ladies that worked for NACA/NASA need to be talked about, to be in the history books. 

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