diversity & race | January 10, 2017

Margot Lee Shetterly’s Hidden Figures Is a #1 NYT Bestseller and the #1 Film in America

Huge congratulations to Margot Lee Shetterly—her book, Hidden Figures, is a #1 New York Times bestseller, and its movie adaptation was #1 at this weekend’s box office! It’s an epic Civil-Rights history, but also a story of innovation, technology, and women breaking through in STEM fields.

Hidden Figures follows Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson, black female mathematicians at segregated, Space-Race-era NASA. The women were pioneers in their field, and were instrumental in achieving some of NASA’s greatest triumphs—including John Glenn’s orbit of the Earth. Grossing $22.8 million in its opening weekend, the film adaptation is “a huge win for the notion that movies about women, women of color no less, can be not just critically acclaimed and award-worthy but also multiplex-friendly box office hits, ” reports Forbes.

Hidden Figures | Official Trailer [HD] | 20th Century FOX


“It’s not a ‘first’ or an ‘only’ story,” Shetterly told CBS This Morning last fall. “It’s the story of a group of women who were given a chance, and who performed, and who opened doors for the women who came behind them.” Hear the fascinating story yourself—one of overcoming racial and gender prejudice, but also one of science, innovation, and the American spirit—by booking Shetterly to speak at your next conference or event.


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