hidden figures final paper.docx - Singh 1 Lakhvir Singh David King English 150 25 October 2017 Struggle for Granted Equality is a very expensive

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Singh 1 Lakhvir Singh David King English 150 25 October 2017 Struggle for Granted Equality is a very expensive commodity and is achieved through a lifetime of struggle by generations of men and women. The book Hidden Figures is a story of the group of black women who were able to break the glass barrier of centuries-old racism and segregation at NACA, later called NASA. Margot Lee Shetterly the author of Hidden figures book is trying to show the struggle of the black mathematicians Dorothy Vaughan, Kathrine Johnson, and Mary Jackson at Langley. The struggle of these black women in their work became the inspiration to an upcoming generation of black people. Their struggle would lead to the end of segregation in the United States and allow African American people to integrate into the white-dominated society. As author did not experience segregation in her childhood and she thought that "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 do" (Shetterly xiii). However, this was not true before her time, when African American people were segregated and denied the equality of opportunity. This story gives us the background of the role that black women played at Langley in World War II and Space Race during the Cold War along with their struggle for equal. In Jim Crow's South black women continuously faced racism and gender discrimination in Virginia and at NACA/NASA and despite these discriminatory conditions they excelled in their fields. This courageous behavior inspired and paved the way for every person of color who dreamed of living the American Dream.
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Singh 2 The book Hidden Figures shares the success story of black mathematician under Dorothy Vaughan despite the prevalence of segregation and gender inequality. At NACA women were split into two group East Wing was operated by white women and black women worked from a remote building called West Wing. Dorothy Vaughan a former math teacher at the high school was supervising the West Computing Wing. Women were paid the fraction of the money what men and women of color made even less than their white counterparts. The black women computers were subject to segregation at NACA, they had separate bathrooms for people of color and there were signs in all buildings separating colored from whites.
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