Hidden Figures tells the story of the role that women “computers,” particularly female African-American “computers” played in the birth of the aeronautics industry. This is an important story, a story that should have been better known a long time ago, especially considering how important race and gender were, and still are, in the US.
Biographies tell what people did; the best also tell who people were – their personalities and what they cared about. 1st time author, Ms. Shetterley generally does a good, though dry, job telling a story about Dorothy Vaughn, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, and Christine Darden. But at the end I didn’t feel like I know the women themselves. I am currently #65 on the hold list for the movie. I wonder if I’ll have a better sense for who Dorothy, Mary, Katherine and Christine really are after watching some of the scenes I just read about come to life.