In this episode of The Remix we talk to Margot Lee Shetterly about the real life heroines behind the new film, Hidden Figures.
Author Margot Lee Shetterly grew up knowing that black women were behind the success of the early space program, that eventually became NASA. Shetterly grew up knowing their children and grandchildren in her Hampton, Virginia, community. Her recent book "Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race" tells the story of these "human computers" who helped launch America's space program, broke racial and gender barriers and supported the next generation of African American engineers and aerospace professionals.
The book has been out since the fall and the movie opens in wide release on Jan. 6, 2017. Taraji Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monáe portray Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson, three real-life heroines whose computation's helped send the first American astronauts into space.