Mary Winston Jackson, NASA Engineer

Mary Jackson working at NASA Langley, June 2, 1977 Photo by NASA/public domain

Jackson is most well known as the first black woman to become an engineer at NASA. But she also worked to clear the way for other underrepresented people at NASA, in particular black women.

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Topics in this Podcast: 20th century, NACA, NASA, women, black history, U.S. history, biographies, math, space race, women in STEM