Hidden Figures By Margot Lee Shetterly

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“Peace does not mean to just stop wars, but to also stop oppression and injustice,” said Tawakkol Karman. ‘Hidden Figures’ by Margot Lee Shetterly is set in the 1900’s, surrounding the obstacles three intelligent African American Women face to reach a status of respect and success. This was a time when both females and minorities, were segregated. Shetterly, a woman of color herself, lived in a mostly successful African American society, growing up with many successful influences, including her father and her teachers. When made aware of the harsh segregation and stereotypes faced by female minorities beyond Virginia 's borders based on the judgment of their skin, she was angered and further prevailed to prove this as incorrect. Taking…show more content…
Portraying how the minorities are not simply ignored, but closeted from the rest of the world. Figures can represent historical figures, shadows in the dark, a set of numbers, or even a simplistic outline. Demonstrating how these impactful females are hidden from our history and forced to take action in the darkness, failing to see the light of day and therefore the glory of success. A set of concealed numbers: more intertwined with their field of work, could depict greater meaning. These females continue to calculate for the greater progression of our world, playing the part of off the book records, almost treated as if they are something to be ashamed of. Figural outlines illustrating the perception of others as hollow beings, ridding them of any human traits and therefore emotions. Dehumanization is a technique to make oneself feel superior and in the right from this harsh discrimination. Melinda Baldwin, a historian of science and the Books editor at Physics Today, says “Shetterly title Hidden Figures is, unfortunately, an evocative one. All too often, female computers were written out of scientific and historical narratives. Highlighting the work of these early “computers” provides a fuller picture of the work that led to major scientific advances—and all the people who contributed to those achievements.” This usage of symbolism aims to highlight the lack of recognition of the African American females who worked in the
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