WWf(a)C Book Group - April
Facilitator: Janie Baer
Time: 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Open to: Women
April 2, 3-5pm - Rise of the Rocket Girls by Nathalia Holt with facilitator Janie Baer.
In the 1940's and 50's, when the newly minted Jet Propulsion Laboratory needed quick-thinking mathematicians to calculate velocities and plot trajectories, they didn't turn to male graduates. Rather, they recruited an elite group of young women who, with only pencil, paper and mathematical prowess, transformed rocket design, helped bring about the first American satellites, and made the exploration of the solar system possible.
For the first, time Rise of the Rocket Girls tells the stories of these women--known as "human computers"--who broke the boundaries of both gender and science. Based on extensive research and interviews with all the living members of the team, Rise of the Rocket Girls offers a unique perspective on the role of women in science: both where we've been, and the far reaches of space to which we're heading.
The Book Group will follow the processes used at WWf(a)C, to offer an intentional circle using both writing and conversation to broaden and deepen our understanding of each book. We will explore the obvious and not-so-obvious places where we discover, or in some cases the characters themselves discover, the conscious-feminine.
Location & Special Instructions
Women Writing for (a) Change
6906 Plainfield Road
Cincinnati, Ohio 45236