Read Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly.
This is the book on which the Oscar-nominated movie was based. It tells the story of the African-American women mathematicians at NASA. While the movie focuses on the space race almost exclusively, the book covers almost 30 years of their lives/careers.
This is a really interesting story, one that is inspiring and infuriating in equal measure. (Really, you can trust them to help put astronauts in space but outside NASA, God help them if they sit in the wrong seat on a bus.)
If you are not really, REALLY interested in this subject, watch the movie. The book is exhaustive and if you aren’t super into this story, you won’t like it.