Before there were processing chips, motherboards, and memory cards, there were human computers. They provided the brainpower behind the calculations which enabled first NACA (the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics), then NASA, to improve airplanes and launch rockets (and people!) into space in the early days of the United States space program. Hidden Figures: the True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race
, written by Margot Lee Shetterly with pictures by Laura Freeman, is the story of these incredible mathematicians who overcame the dual obstacles of gender and race. During the 1950’s women at NACA were not allowed to attend meetings or even sign reports. Black people were separated from white people for work, eating, and using the restroom. The four women in Hidden Figures worked hard to make their voices heard and have their skills recognized. They worked hard to beat the prejudices which surrounded them. And they succeeded. This picture book is based on the full-length non-fiction book by Ms. Shetterly.