Dorothy Vaughan.docx - One day in the spring of 1943 Dorothy Vaughan a high school teacher in Farmville Virginia was on a trip to the post office when a

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One day in the spring of 1943, Dorothy Vaughan a high school teacher in Farmville, Virginia was on a trip to the post office when a flyer for laundry job at Camp Pickett caught her eye and so did a flyer with the words Mathematics. It had turned out that in Hampton, Virginia, was in high demand for women to fill math jobs dealing with planes. So, in late 1943, Dorothy Vaughan officially was employee to Langley Laboratory. In this time it was right in the middle of WW2, it was right after Mrs. Vaughan had left the high school she taught at back in Farmville Virginia. Langley started hiring black women for the calculations needed for aeronautic research, since many men in the U.S. had been fighting in WW2 overseas. Mrs. Vaughan worked as a "computer" in the west wing at Langley while the white "computers" worked in the east wing at Langley due to the racial segregation that occurred at the time. Though the computers were just used for calculations at first many branched out and helped out with many other things that occurred at Langley.
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