Feminism In Margot Lee Shetterly's 'Hidden Figure'

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Feminism & Life-Advice Through “Hidden Figures” Even if you don’t come face-to-face with women as noteworthy as Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, and Katherine Johnson every day, there are a plethora of them across the globe in many different shades and shapes. In Margot Lee Shetterly’s “Hidden Figures”, she says: “…the great diversity of their features and hair and skin color, which ranged from near-ivory to almost-ebony, hues of beige and coffee and cocoa and topaz filling in between. Some of the women were approaching their golden years, the passage of time and experience etched in their faces and bearing. Others were in the full bloom of youth, their eyes like diamonds, reflecting a bright future. They convened around them the shared …show more content…
Mary inspired me with the way she conducted herself when confronted with racial stereotypes in front of her troop girls: “Mary didn’t have the power to remove the limits that society imposed on her girls, but it was her duty, she felt, to help pry off the restrictions they might place on themselves” (p. 98). Mary is a very uplifting person, and that’s something I would like to be too. She is proud of who she is and lets everyone know. All three women, despite being told the best they could do was teach, ended up so much further than they had ever imagined. Coming from a small southern town, I was always told that college is impossible to afford, yet here I am attending for free thanks to scholarships that I earned through my own hard work and dedication. My background allows me to identify with the women of “Hidden Figures” in that way, but I couldn’t imagine being able to deal with what those women went through. For that alone, I view all Langley computers as trail-blazers. Whenever I think of Mary Jackson in the coming years of my life, I will remember to always try to uplift myself and those around me in an effort to rise above the confining space of society’s …show more content…
This is something I hope to see more of in the future, and possibly accomplish one day myself. These women all have something in them that we could use to better ourselves. I hope others found them as inspiring as I did. The wisdom I’ve discovered while reading “Hidden Figures” will stay in my thoughts as I go through college and beyond. More people like them could change the world in extraordinary ways and I hope that I can join the ranks of those women one

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