We are thrilled to announce that Margot Lee Shetterly, author of the New York Times bestseller Hidden Figures: The Story of the African-American Women Who Helped Win the Space Race and University of Virginia alum, has joined the lineup for the 10th edUi conference!
Shetterly will participate in a Q&A-style discussion on the history of women and people of color in the tech industry and share the story behind Hidden Figures. This nonfiction biographical book follows the lives of African-American female mathematicians (known as “human computers”) who worked at NASA during the Space Race. Thanks to Shetterly’s research, these important figures in our history are hidden no more. The book was made into a film in 2016 that received three Oscar nominations and two Golden Globe nominations. Katherine Johnson, one of the three women featured in the book and movie, has even been immortalized by Mattel as a Barbie.
Shetterly is also the founder of The Human Computer Project, a nonprofit dedicated to sharing the stories and contributions of pioneering female mathematicians and computers who worked at NACA and NASA in the early days of the American space program. The Human Computer Project endeavors to share stories of these role models to inspire a new generation of women and minorities to pursue careers in STEM.
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