Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly

Hidden Figures

This was the August selection of the Brentwood Book Club. I was glad to read it, but even more glad to watch the film! Don’t think less of me, library folk. The book was much broader in scope than the movie, as it encompassed the time that African-American women started working as human computers for the aeronautical industry during the second world war up to the days of NASA. It was a technical book as well as a portrait of three women, Katherine Johnson being the most famous, who made great strides in math and engineering at a time when women of color still had to use a separate bathroom at their place of business. Pick up the book if you would like a more complete picture of their struggles and triumphs and what it was like to break barriers that still seem to be in place for women in the sciences.

Reviewed by: Gina on October 4, 2017

Number of Pages: 346

Tags: Nonfiction, Science

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