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Singh 1Lakhvir SinghDavid KingEnglish 15025 October 2017Struggle for GrantedEquality is a very expensive commodity and is achieved through a lifetime of struggleby generations of men and women. The book Hidden Figures is a story of the group of blackwomen who were able to break the glass barrier of centuries-old racism and segregation atNACA, later called NASA. Margot Lee Shetterly the author of Hidden figures book is tryingto show the struggle of the black mathematicians Dorothy Vaughan, Kathrine Johnson, andMary Jackson at Langley. The struggle of these black women in their work became theinspiration to an upcoming generation of black people. Their struggle would lead to the endof segregation in the United States and allow African American people to integrate into thewhite-dominated society. As author did not experience segregation in her childhood and shethought 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 segregatedand denied the equality of opportunity. This story gives us the background of the role thatblack women played at Langley in World War II and Space Race during the Cold War alongwith their struggle for equal. In Jim Crow's South black women continuously faced racismand gender discrimination in Virginia and at NACA/NASA and despite these discriminatoryconditions they excelled in their fields. This courageous behavior inspired and paved the wayfor every person of color who dreamed of living the American Dream.
Singh 2The book Hidden Figures shares the success story of black mathematician underDorothy Vaughan despite the prevalence of segregation and gender inequality. At NACAwomen were split into two group East Wing was operated by white women and black womenworked from a remote building called West Wing. Dorothy Vaughan a former math teacher atthe high school was supervising the West Computing Wing. Women were paid the fraction ofthe money what men and women of color made even less than their white counterparts. Theblack women computers were subject to segregation at NACA, they had separate bathroomsfor people of color and there were signs in all buildings separating colored from whites.