Classified: The Secret Career of Mary Golda Ross, Cherokee Aerospace Engineer by Traci Sorell review
This book, the story of a woman named Mary Golda Ross and her scientific accomplishments, needs to be in every library. Ross is a Cherokee Indian Woman who contributed greatly to the effort to put a man on the moon. She blazed a trail for other women to work in her field of engineering, math, and science, which was unheard of at the time. She became one of the first female engineers at her company; to this day, some of her work is still classified. At the beginning of the book, the authors make a note to describe Cherokee foundations. This is a beautiful way to honor their tribe and introduce the reader to what Mary Golda Ross believed in as a proud Cherokee Woman. This book is inspiring and has some beautiful illustrations that really highlight her career and accomplishments. At the end is a timeline of her life from when she began school through her incredible career in aerospace. This is a book that can inspire children with a story they may not learn about in school.