Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race

by Margot Lee Shetterly with Winifred Conkling illustrated by Laura Freeman
  • Item #38V1 in Celebrating Diversity Celebrating Diversity
    • Grades: 1 - 3
    • Ages: 6 - 8
    Award:
    Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor
    • Format: Paperback Book
      Paperback Book
Short Summary
These four female African American mathematicians broke the color barrier and made history—helping to put US astronauts into space.

Good For:
Fans of the Hit Movie, Powerful Female Role Models, Breaking the Glass Ceiling, Honoring the Achievements of African Americans, Inspiring Tomorrow’s Scientists Today

Topics and Themes:
African American Women, Mathematics, NASA, Space Travel, “Human” Calculators, Race and Gender Discrimination, Civil Rights, Cold War, Space Race

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

This inspiring book brings to life the stories of Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, and Christine Darden—four African American women who lived through the civil rights era, the Space Race, the Cold War, and the movement for gender equality, and whose work forever changed the face of NASA and the country.
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Product Details

    • Grades: 1 - 3
    • Ages: 6 - 8
  • Product Type: Book
  • Page Count: 40 pages
  • Dimensions: 8 1/4" x 10 1/8"
  • Language: English
  • ISBN 13: 978-1-338-56228-6