BOB Book Winner 2018 – NONFICTION
Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly
This is a story about the racial and gender discrimination that was prevalent in the 1960’s. Before the use of computers, three African-American women worked as mathematicians for NASA. They calculated launch windows for space missions (including John Glenn’s orbit of the Earth). Because they were women, they had to fight for promotions and recognition even though they were smarter than their higher-ranked, white, male colleagues. And, because they were black, they had to work in a separate “colored” building at the Langley Research Center due to Virginia’s segregation laws.