Hidden Figures: A Book Review by May

Hidden Figures
By Margot Lee Shetterly


In the spring of 1943, world war II was in full swing. This is when women were starting to get hired for jobs that only men did. At the time NACA (or Langley) was hiring. They wanted human computers. Computers were in the lowest position, so they were smart white women who were good at math. The reason there were human computers instead of computers, was that computers were not invented yet. There was a shortage of human computers, so NACA started hiring smart black women. The black women were then placed in the west area. Dorothy Vaughan was one of these human computers. She worked very hard in school and graduated college with many teachers recommending her for graduate school. Her parents couldn’t afford it so Dorothy went to teach. All the schools started to close so she went to work for NACA. Another Computer was Mary Jackson. Mary Jackson was a women who did things her own way. In 1951, she also went to work at NACA. Mary Jackson turned out to be a star engineer. Lastly, we have Katherine Globe. She excelled in school and graduated high school at only age 14. She was a teacher and just like Dorothy, schools started closing. Katherine started to work at NACA. These women formed a tight bond along with other human computers. Read Hidden figures to learn how these three women and many more helped send the first people to space.

I think that Hidden figures is a very interesting book. It is very factual and I learned a lot. It has more information than the movie, which originated off the book. I think Margot Lee Shetterly did a wonderful job with Hidden Figures.



I recommend this book to people who love non-fiction. It is also a good book for people who love to learn about world war II, African american lives in a very segregated world, and what it was like to work at NACA. Hidden figures is a very factual book with interesting historical pictures.



“Her country needed her, and she was ready and eager to do her part to support the war effort and her family.”
“The work of most women was anonymous.”
“Nobody understood the risks of space flight better than astronaut John Glenn.”
“Reduce your household duties! Women who are not afraid to roll up their sleeves and do the jobs previously filled by men should call the Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory.”
“At Langley, the boundaries were fuzzy.”



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