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Margot Lee Shetterly, writer, reseearcher and founder of The Human Computer Project, a digital platform devoted to telling the stories of the female mathematicians, black and white, whose hard work and smarts tipped the balance in favor of the United States in World War II, the Cold War and the Space Race, has authored "Hidden Figures: The African American Women Mathematicians Who Helped NASA and the United States Win the Space Race: An Untold Story" to be published in 2016 by Harper Collins.
You've heard the names John Glenn, Alan Shepard and Neil Armstrong. What about Katherine Johnson, Mary Jackson, Dorothy Vaughan, Kathryn Peddrew, Sue Wilder, Eunice Smith or Barbara Holley?

Most Americans have no idea that from the 1940s through the 1960s, a cadre of African-American women formed part of the country's space work force, or that this group — mathematical ground troops in the Cold War — helped provide NASA with the raw computing power it needed to dominate the heavens. My current work in progress, a narrative non-fiction book entitled "Hidden Figures" recovers the history of these pioneering women and situates it in the intersection of the defining movements of the American century: the Cold War, the Space Race, the Civil Rights movement and the quest for gender equality.

For discussion of the movie, see Hidden Figures (2017 20th Century Fox film).

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Hidden Figures: The Story of the African-American Women Who Helped Win the Space Race
by Margot Lee Shetterly
Set against the backdrop of the Jim Crow South and the civil rights movement, the never-before-told true story of NASA's African-American female mathematicians who played a crucial role in America's space program — and whose contributions have been unheralded, until now.

Before John Glenn orbited the Earth or Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of professionals worked as "Human Computers," calculating the flight paths that would enable these historic achievements. Among these were a coterie of bright, talented African-American women. Segregated from their white counterparts by Jim Crow laws, these "colored computers," as they were known, used slide rules, adding machines, and pencil and paper to support America's fledgling aeronautics industry, and helped write the equations that would launch rockets, and astronauts, into space.

Drawing on the oral histories of scores of these "computers," personal recollections, interviews with NASA executives and engineers, archival documents, correspondence, and reporting from the era, Hidden Figures recalls America's greatest adventure and NASA's groundbreaking successes through the experiences of five spunky, courageous, intelligent, determined, and patriotic women: Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, Christine Darden, and Gloria Champine.

Moving from World War II through NASA's golden age, touching on the civil rights era, the Space Race, the Cold War, and the women's rights movement, Hidden Figures interweaves a rich history of scientific achievement and technological innovation with the intimate stories of five women whose work forever changed the world—and whose lives show how out of one of America's most painful histories came one of its proudest moments.

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • William Morrow (September 6, 2016)
  • ISBN-10: 006236359X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062363596
And the paperback edition is due December 6, 2016.

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Author Q&A: Margot Lee Shetterly reveals NASA's 'Hidden Figures'

More than a half century after the first NASA astronauts launched into space, one might think that there are no sweeping narratives left untold about the early years of the U.S. space program.

But there was at least one history remaining to be written: that of the women, and in particular the African-American women, who worked as the "human computers" at NASA's original research laboratory, who provided the calculations necessary for sending American spacecraft and astronauts into space and to the moon.

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From Pharrell Williams on Facebook:
Congratulations to Margot Lee Shetterly, her book Hidden Figures debuted at number 7 on the The New York Times bestsellers' list.

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A young reader's edition (ages 8-12; grades 3-7) of "Hidden Figures" will be released on Nov. 29.
Now in a special new edition perfect for young readers, this is the amazing true story of four African-American female mathematicians at NASA who helped achieve some of the greatest moments in our space program.

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"Hidden Figures" is a finalist in Goodreads Choice Awards for "Best History & Biography." Voting is open through Nov. 27.

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"Hidden Figures" has now been adapted as a picture book for young children by Margot Lee Shetterly with illustrations by Laura Freeman. From Shetterly on Twitter:
So excited that beginning today, the youngest readers can now be inspired by the women of Hidden Figures!
  • Age Range: 4-8 years
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • HarperCollins (January 16, 2018)
  • ISBN-10: 0062742469
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062742469

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