Hidden Figures the story of women in NASA (formerly the NACA)
I am currently reading the book: Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly.
I saw the movie first.
I would have read the book first, but I never heard of this story before, and it an important story to tell. I never knew NACA (and later NASA) hired women (never mind women of color).
These women were known as “computers,” before there were machines called, “Computers.” Their job was to handle the many calculations required by the engineers. Many of these women held Master’s and Doctorate degrees at their universities.
The story takes place in the 1950s and 1960s, so segregation was a reality of the day. For the most part the attitude was, “let’s get the job done.” I am not saying, that there weren’t barriers to overcome, on the contrary, segregation, women’s right regarding peer respect, salary and promotion issues were a reality these women faced daily. Despite these concern, the women persevered and, eventually, they succeeded.
I am glad I saw the movie (and I am currently reading the book). As books do, it goes into further depth and detail of the aerodynamics history.
Robert Confiant 10 February 2018