As a child growing up in Little Rock, Arkansas, during an era of segregation, Raye Montague faced discrimination and inequality at almost every level of her educational and professional career. As a child she discovered that she was gifted in math and she took an interest in ships and submarines. With the encouragement of her parents, she focused, persevered and overcame obstacles with tenacity, humor and wit. Raye started working for the Navy and became the first engineer to design a naval ship using a computer (in record time), revolutionizing the process and making history. The very informative back matter of the book includes excerpts from the author’s chat with Raye, a timeline and biography of her life and bibliography with further resources to explore.
The Girl With a Mind for Math: The Story of Raye Montague was written by Julia Finley Mosca and illustrated by Daniel Rieley and published by The Innovation Press. It will be out on September 4!