Women In STEAM Fields

Mary Jackson

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Mathematician and Aerospace Engineer at NASA and its predecessor who became NASA's first black female engineer in 1958. She started at NASA as part of a group of African American women working in the segregated West Area Computing division at Langley Research Center. By 1979, she achieved the most senior title within the engineering department. She decided to take a demotion in order to serve as an administrator in the Equal Opportunity Specialist field. She worked to make changes and highlight women and other minorities who were accomplished in the field. The book and film Hidden Figures recounts the NASA careers of these women, specifically their work on Project Mercury during the Space Race. More…