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Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
I have the full length novel somewhere on my TBR shelf waiting to be read but I couldn't pass up reading the picture book to my daughter. I love books like this that show girls that they too can grow up to do amazing things if only they persevere and follow their dreams. More so, this picture book is about the four intelligent black women who worked for NASA, doing mathematics, programming their first computer, engineering airplanes and spaceships, and helping the United States to send the first man around Earth and land on the moon. This picture book only dips into the lives of Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, and Christine Darden and their accomplishments, which just makes me want to read the full length novel more, but it is a great summary of both the history of 'the Space Race' and these extraordinary women. It follows a timeline (which is illustrated in the back of the book), starting in 1943 when the first African-American female "computers" were hired at what is now NASA. These women did all the complicated mathematics that we now use actual computers for. Each of the four women started working for NASA at different times but each played a huge roll in aeronautics and space travel. Overall, I'm glad to have come across this important book and hope to read and learn more about these women and their contributions soon!