“Hidden Figures” and supporting women of color in STEM fields

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Guests: Margot Lee Shetterly, Yvonne Darlene Cagle

During World War II, NASA hired black female mathematicians to fill a labor shortage. The women were known the “human computers,” engineering and calculating the ways to get John Glenn into space. In this hour, Marty talks with MARGOT LEE SHETTERLY, author of Hidden Figures—the true story of the black female mathematicians at NASA whose calculations helped American’s space achievements. The book has been turned into a film which debuts in select theaters Christmas Day and nationwide January 6th. Then, YVONNE DARLENE CAGLE, an American NASA astronaut will discuss her career and how we can encourage more young women of color in STEM fields.

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