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Tue Feb 21, 2017, 02:39 PM

Meet the woman who broke barriers as a 'hidden figure' at the US Navy us navy women



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Meet the woman who broke barriers as a hidden figure at the US Navy | us navy women

The Oscar-nominated film "Hidden Figures" celebrates the true story of three African-American women who helped propel the U.S. space program to new heights.

While Mary Jackson, Dorothy Vaughan and Katherine Johnson were breaking barriers at NASA, another hidden figure, Raye Montague, was making history at the U.S. Navy. "I faced a lot of the same barriers that those ladies faced," Montague said today on "Good Morning America," recalling a time when a fellow employee asked her for a cup of coffee and she replied that she'd like one too, adding, "Be sure mine has cream and sugar."

Meet the woman who broke barriers as a hidden figure at the US Navy | us navy women


Montague, a native of Little Rock, Arkansas, grew up in the segregated South. She never saw an engineer who looked like her but she would go on to shatter glass ceilings as a female, African-American civilian employee at the then-male-dominated Navy.

"I'm known as the first person to design a ship using the computer," Montague, now 82, said in an interview that aired today on "Good Morning America." "And I was the first female program manager of ships in the history of the Navy, which was the equivalent of being a CEO of a company."

Montague credited her mother with providing the confidence to know she could achieve anything she wanted. She earned a bachelor of science degree in business at a historically black college, the Arkansas Agricultural, Mechanical and Normal School, which now goes by the name the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. The school she wanted to attend, the engineering school at the University of Arkansas, did not accept minorities at the time.

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Tue Feb 21, 2017, 02:52 PM

1. Wonderful ....

And I'm SO happy that Montague, Mary Jackson, Dorothy Vaughan and Katherine Johnson are getting recognition for what she did in serving their country--even though as an African-American's they were seen as lesser than and not even as people. Damn shame what this country's put and continues to put African-American's through mostly because of the color of their skin.

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Tue Feb 21, 2017, 02:58 PM

2. I need to learn more African American history.

I never heard of any of these lovely ladies.

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Tue Feb 21, 2017, 03:52 PM

3. Like the ENIAC women (the first 'computers'), sad recognition comes so late but at least...

...they did finally (in their 80s) get recognized.

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