Author Margot Lee Shetterly

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Margot Lee Shetterly was born in Hampton, Virginia in 1969. Her father worked as a research scientist at NASA-Langley Research Center, and her mother was an English professor at Hampton University. She attended Phoebus High School and graduated from the University of Virginia's McIntire School of Commerce.
After college, she moved to New York and worked several years in investment banking, first on the Foreign Exchange trading desk at J.P. Morgan, then on Merrill Lynch's Fixed Income Capital Markets desk. She then made the transition to the media industry, working at a variety of startup ventures including the HBO-funded website

In 2005, she and her husband, the writer Aran Shetterly, moved to Mexico to found an English-language magazine called Inside Mexico, for expats, which operated until 2009.
From 2010 through 2013, they worked as content marketing and editorial consultants to the Mexican tourism industry.
Shetterly began researching and writing Hidden Figures in


2010. In 2014, the rights to the book were sold to William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins, and optioned by Donna Gigliotti of Levantine Films. The Fox 2000 film stars Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe, and Kevin Costner.
In 2013, she founded The Human Computer Project, an organization whose mission is to archive the work of all of the women who worked as computers and mathematicians in the early days of the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).


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Guest 6 years ago

Thank you, Ms. Shetterly, for bringing this story to light. It's impossible to overstate the contribution these amazing women made to the aeronautics and space programs and the breakthroughs they made to career advancement for women, most especially women of color. They have touched the lives of each and American alive then and now and to people around the world who were glued to our screens watching it happen live. Bravo!

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