Nomination: Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race.

Shetterly, Margot Lee.hidden-figures Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race. 2016. 368p. William Morrow & Company, $27.99 (978-0-0623-6359-6). Gr.9 and up.

During the Second World War, the need for qualified mathematicians was powerful enough to convince the Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory to hire talented black women as human computers — even in racially segregated Virginia.  Despite systemic racism and sexism, these women made significant contributions to research that led to placing humans on the moon.

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