This book is written by Margot Lee Shetterly.
Ms. Shetterly writes a book not only about women but local and national history combined together: how if it weren’t for the geography and history the women she writes about in the book may have never landed where they landed. Ms. Shetterly writes about four women and their journeys as “human computers” for both NASA’s predecessor and then NASA itself.
All four women had to overcome racial and sexist bias as well as their own personal struggles. The woman who computed John Glenn’s orbit was referred to as “the girl”. Her name is Dorothy Vaughn and she helped to keep him alive.
Their strength and determination comes through in the pages and they serve as role models for all young women and women reading their biographies.
This book also gives a lot of “hidden” and unknown US history for those interested,