Starting in World War II and moving through to the Cold War, the civil rights movement, and the space race, Hidden Figures follows the accounts of Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, and Christine Darden, four African American women who participated in some of NASA's greatest successes. It chronicles their careers over nearly three decades they faced challenges, forged alliances, and used their intellect to change their lives and the country's future.
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