Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped win the space race by Margot Lee Shetterly
Using pencils, slide rules, and their incredible brains, four African-American women remained in relative obscurity, but without whom the United States astronauts would never have stepped on the moon. As “human computers” Mary Jackson, Dorothy Vaughan, Katherine Johnson, and Christine Darden, calculated the numbers that made the space race a success, all while dealing with discrimination against their race and gender. Their story is one of perseverance, grace, and strong intelligent women. Limited copies available at reference desk.