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About the Author

Margot Lee Shetterly was born in Hampton, Virginia in 1969. She is a graduate of the University of Virginia's McIntire School of Commerce. After college she worked in investment banking for several years. Her other career moves have included working in the media industry for the website Volume show more .com, publishing an English language magazine, Inside Mexico; marketing consultant in the Mexican tourism industry; and writing. Hidden Figures is her first book, a New York Times Bestseller and was optioned for a feature film. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Birthdate
1969
Gender
female
Nationality
USA
Birthplace
Hampton, Virginia, USA
Places of residence
Hampton, Virginia, USA
Charlottesville, Virginia, USA
Mexico
Education
University of Virginia
Phoebus High School
Occupations
investment banker
author
Relationships
Shetterly, Aran (husband)
Organizations
The Human Computer Project
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Mackenzie Brady Watson
Jason Richman
Short biography
Margot Lee Shetterly is the author of Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race (William Morrow/HarperCollins) and the founder of The Human Computer Project, an endeavor that is recovering the names and accomplishments of all of the women who worked as computers, mathematicians, scientists and engineers at the NACA and NASA from the 1930s through the 1980s. 

She is a Hampton, Virginia native, University of Virginia graduate, an entrepreneur, and an intrepid traveler who spent 11 years living in Mexico, currently living in Charlottesville, VA.

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Hidden Figures mainly tells the stories of Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson and Katherine Johnson, African-American women who set the precedent for other black females to follow in the fields of mathematics and engineering at NASA. There are a couple of other women that the book touches on but not as in-depth as these three amazing women.

NASA, when these women started working there, was known as NACA (National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics). During WWII, NACA hired women as female computers who essentially did the work of mathematicians but were paid less.

I enjoyed how this book relayed the stories of each woman; however, I felt that it was a dry read overall. It is not like the movie although there are some aspects of the movie in the book. I liked the Epilogue at the end which discussed these women and their lives after they retired.
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Cathie_Dyer | 189 other reviews | Feb 29, 2024 |
Picture book format. Includes timeline, author’s note, and brief biographies
 
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VillageProject | 56 other reviews | Feb 13, 2024 |
I love learning about women, and minority women especially, absolutely crushing it and just being invaluable in untold ways. These women are so impressive, not just for their race or gender but for the spectacular grasp on math that they had. They were brilliant clearly intimidating to their white male coworkers. I felt like their stories didn't have the teeth I expected, so it wasn't quite as gripping as I had hoped. Not that I want anyone to relive their racial trauma, but it was a surprisingly civil work environment for the time? I have to imagine they left a lot of the pain out of their stories to remain more palatable.… (more)
 
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KallieGrace | 189 other reviews | Jan 3, 2024 |
So to be fair I bought this on audible when I had to use a credit quickly and given the "Hollywood" cover I assumed it was a narrative... oops! Once I got over the initial shock of it being very nonfiction research I did enjoy learning about these amazing women and all they accomplished in so many areas. Since I listened to the book keeping the stories straight as the author hopped around the different women was difficult.
 
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hellokirsti | 189 other reviews | Jan 3, 2024 |

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