Margot Lee Shetterly The Sister Behind Hidden Figures. Shetterly holds a personal interest in space and technology that may have been the driving force behind the highly acclaimed Hidden Figures.

STL Black Biz is a website and directory devoted to helping the growth of small, black businesses. However, there comes a time when we will veer off course to share information that may be unrelated to the area of business. Margot Lee Shetterly of Hidden Figures is a subject that needs to be shared.

We could not pass up the opportunity to write about the new spectacular movie “Hidden Figures”. Most likely you have heard of this new cinematic wonder and if not you’re probably sleeping under a rock.

Margot Lee Shetterly The Sister Behind Hidden Figures

So let us not fail to give praise and acknowledgment to the woman who had the audacity to shed light and to give accolades to three deserving women. Margot Lee Shetterly the sister behind Hidden Figures is also the founder of The Human Computer Project and she also has personal connections with the women behind the story of Hidden Figures.        

For me, growing up in Hampton, Virginia, the face of science was brown like mine. My dad was a NASA lifer, a career Langley Research Center scientist who became an internationally respected climate expert. Five of my father’s seven siblings were engineers or technologists. My father’s best friend was an aeronautical engineer. Our next door neighbor was a physics professor. There were mathematicians at our church, sonic boom experts in my mother’s sorority and electrical engineers in my parents’ college alumni associations. There were also black English professors, like my mother, as well as black doctors and dentists, black mechanics, janitors and contractors, black shoe repair owners, wedding planners, real estate agents and undertakers, the occasional black lawyer and a handful of black Mary Kay salespeople. As a child, however, I knew so many African-Americans working in science, math and engineering that I thought that’s just what black folks did.   ~ Margot Shetterly

Taraji P. Henson (Katherine Johnson), Octavia Spencer (Dorothy Vaughan) and Janelle Monáe (Mary Jackson) portray the intelligence behind one of the most historical events in the US Space Race. These powerful and unseen Sheroes played a gigantic part in launching astronaut John Glenn into space.

Hidden Figures is the adaptation from the book of the same name. 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.

The New York Times hails it as the phenomenal true story of the black female mathematicians at NASA at the leading edge of the feminist and civil rights movement, whose calculations helped fuel some of America’s greatest achievements in space—a powerful, revelatory contribution that is as essential to our understanding of race, discrimination, and achievement in modern America as Between the World and Me and The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.

Shamefully enough many times our history, the history of women and other minority groups are withheld from the history books and nicely tucked away. But thanks to Margot Lee Shetterly and other daring authors the truth is uncovered.

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