I just had to review Hidden Figures. It is one of those books that not only entertain but also educate. And there are a lot of weighty themes in this book such as racism, discrimination based on race and gender, male privilege, women's rights, the Civil Rights era in the US, brief history of NASA's moon landing project, the space race between US and Soviet Union (now Russia). Whew!
So this book invites discussion of social and historical issues that kids, even as young as 4, in my honest opinion, should know something about. It will inform the world that they live in, a world that is still dealing with these challenges.
The book deals with the first four black women to have joined NASA, rise up the ranks, and play a pivotal role in ground-breaking projects that sent the first Americans to orbit around the Earth and eventually land on the moon. This is untold history. Until this book and the movie of the same name, I hadn't known about these 4 pioneering mathematicians & human computers: Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson and Dr.Christine Darden.
This is especially a timely book for girls, because girls often get discouraged from pursuing STEM education and careers. There is still a prevailing view that girls aren't good at math & our teachers struggle with teaching maths themselves. It'll be great for a girl to see that these 4 women pushed through & succeeded in a male dominated field, at a time when many women were not pursuing higher education.
In short, this book memorable & inspiring.
One of the pages that goes over how terrible the segregation was