Hidden Figures: the American dream and the untold story of the Black women mathematicians who helped win the space race by Margot Lee Shetterly,
"Even as Virginia's Jim Crow laws required them to be segregated from their white counterparts, the women of Langley's all-black "West Computing" group helped America achieve one of the things it desired most: a decisive victory over the Soviet Union in the Cold War, and complete domination of the heavens."--Publisher's description.
Rocket Girl by
When Computers Were Human by
"This is a book about heroism, technology, organization and hard work Before we had electronic computers, before we had machines to do computation for us, we had staffs of workers who processed information. They sorted records, searched for data and processed numbers by hand. These people, usually called “human computers” lay the foundation for the modern technological era."--http://whencomputerswerehuman.djaghe.com/