Hidden Figures: The Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Powered Early Space Exploration

A heartening testament to “the triumph of meritocracy” and to the idea that “each of us should be allowed to rise as far as our talent and hard work can take us.”

Hidden Figures: The Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Powered Early Space Exploration

“No woman should say, ‘I am but a woman!’ But a woman! What more can you ask to be?” astronomer Maria Mitchell, who paved the way for women in American science, admonished the first class of female astronomers at Vassar in 1876. By the middle of the next century, a team of unheralded women scientists and engineers were powering space exploration at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Meanwhile, across the continent and in what was practically another country, a parallel but very different revolution was taking place: In the segregated South, a growing number of black female mathematicians, scientists, and engineers were steering early space exploration and helping American win the Cold War at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia.

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11 thoughts on “Hidden Figures: The Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Powered Early Space Exploration

    • Thanks for all the reblogs, Kate, it is my intention to fill my blog with articles of interest, full of things people might wonder about in an idle moment but never take the time to search and ask, as well, of course, with my own writings. Your reblogs are a great help as they open my blogs to a wider audience.

      • Thanks Dermott I have never heard of these women before. It’s amazing how much history is hidden from us. I love to re-blog any interesting posts for others to enjoy. This was certainly one of them :0)

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