My favorite thing about this week was hearing Hidden Figures author Margot Lee Shetterly speak.
With Hidden Figures being the #1 movie in the country -to say this event was very popular would be an understatement. The level of interest exceeded the capacity of the auditorium. I arrived more than a half hour before the event began and the line was already wrapped halfway around the building. There was so much support and excitement from the University and the community.
During her speech, Shetterly explained that she had started working on the book in 2010 and spent 3 years researching the details and records at NASA, interviewing Katherine Johnson and people who knew Mary Jackson and Dorothy Vaughan, and looking over old photographs to piece together the story.
Photo: Author Margot Lee Shetterly greeting fans and signing books
Hidden Figures serves as inspiration for anyone facing a challenge and especially to students who are underrepresented in the STEM fields. We are grateful that the world is now aware of this story and I hope that future generations of girls will not have any doubts as they fearlessly work towards their goals & dreams.