Hidden Figures


Margot Lee Shetterly

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Margerey Hannah Character Analysis

Margerey Hannah is West Area computing’s white section chief. She treats the West Area women as equals and even invites a few of them to work-related social affairs at her home, something that makes her a pariah in the eyes of her white peers. When she leaves her position to take a position with the Full-Scale Research Division, her old job passes down to her assistant, Blanche Sponsler and then to Dorothy Vaughan, making Dorothy Langley’s first black section head. Margerey eventually publishes scientific papers under her own name, making her an early female pioneer at Langley.
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Margerey Hannah Character Timeline in Hidden Figures

The timeline below shows where the character Margerey Hannah appears in Hidden Figures. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 5: Manifest Destiny
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Margerey Hannah, and her assistant Blanche Sponsler, both of whom are white, run the West Area... (full context)
Chapter 6: War Birds
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...the battlefield. The testing of the planes results in reams of numbers and measurements, which Margerey passes on to Dorothy and other West Computers to process. Sometimes, all Dorothy sees as... (full context)
Chapter 9: Breaking Barriers
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Margerey Hannah takes an offer to work as an engineer with the Full-Scale Research Division. Soon... (full context)