Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly is the source material for the Oscar-nominated movie of the same name. This non-fiction book follows the lives of several revolutionary black women who worked for NASA.
For this one, I was able to read the book before I saw the movie. The movie took some liberties for time and dramatic effect, but it was closer to the source material than I expected. The book gives so much more information than the movie is able to. The book goes in depth into the women’s entire lives, not just this small time in their lives.
The women discussed in this book are amazing. They did all the things that a lot of women do: they got married, had families, and tried to give their children a better future. But they also had jobs at NASA, where they performed the calculations that sent the first American astronauts into space. On top of all of that, they dealt with the inequality of racial prejudice and segregation.
This book wasn’t always the clearest. Several of the women have the same first name and it frequently switched from story to story. I almost wish I had watched the movie first, so I could have had a mental picture to help me keep track. But overall, I enjoyed this book and learning about these amazing women.