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Katherine Johnson’s Autobiographies

My Remarkable Journey by Katherine Johnson is an inspiring autobiography about the life of one of America’s pioneering female mathematicians. In this iconic work, Johnson details her remarkable journey from growing up in segregated West Virginia to becoming a space exploration pioneer and helping to launch NASA’s mission to the moon in 1969.

Johnson candidly recounts her experiences throughout her academic and professional life—including the numerous obstacles she faced as a woman of color in pursuit of excellence in science and technology. She shares how she overcame these obstacles with savvy determination and persistent dedication, even when it seemed like she was on her own.

Throughout My Remarkable Journey, Johnson paints a vivid picture of what life looked like during Jim Crow laws—particularly for those interested in STEM fields such as engineering and mathematics. She shares stories about how she found creative ways to learn outside the classrooms that were denied to her because of segregation and how this experience shaped who she is today.

In addition to being captivatingly honest about discrimination within education and the workplace, My Remarkable Journey also dives into topics involving gender roles and media treatment of female scientists. Throughout it all, Johnson serves as an exemplary figure for readers looking for a role model on how to accomplish great things despite facing adversity.

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