A Celebration of African American women in STEM—Past, Present, and Future
With the 2016 release of Margot Lee Shetterly’s best-selling book, Hidden Figures, and the Oscar-nominated film adaption that followed, many people learned for the first time the story of many African- American women—including NASA mathematicians Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, and Katherine Johnson—who helped the United States win the space race. But why did the story of these women remain hidden for so long? What can we do to make sure the next great computer programmers, engineers, and mathematicians have the role models, mentors, and resources they need?
The Adler Planetarium and the DuSable Museum of African American History will take on these questions together at Hidden Figures Revealed—a two-day event dedicated to the celebration of African- American women in STEM.