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The riveting true story of the women who launched America into space.

In the 1940s and 50s, 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Illuminating…these women are vividly depicted at work, at play, in and out of love, raising children—and making history. What a team—and what a story!”

    USA Today (3.5 stars/4)

  • “Here, math is dramatic, not mundane…Personal anecdotes…will fascinate general readers and provide valuable primary source materials for future academics.”


  • “The book acts as a fascinating time capsule, capturing what it was like to be a working woman at a time when only twenty percent of women worked outside the home or when a woman could be fired simply for being pregnant.”


  • “The women’s stories are fun, intense, and endearing, and they give a new perspective on the rise of the space age.”

    Popular Science

  • “Wow! Talk about forgotten history!…and her stellar research is evident on every page.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Narrator Erin Bennett does a great job reading this groundbreaking audiobook…Bennett reads at a lively pace, and her sharp, slightly nasal voice keeps the story moving. She varies her tone, and, although she doesn’t include character voices, she makes it easy to follow the action with well-timed emphases and pauses that heighten the tension in the story.”


  • A Cosmopolitan Pick of Best Books to Read This Summer
  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month for April 2016 
  • An Elle Magazine Pick
  • Entertainment Weekly “Must Read”
  • A Library Journal Editor’s Pick
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