Hidden Figures: A Misnomer?

I want to briefly complicate the notion of a hidden figure because I am not entirely comfortable with labeling Elma Lewis, Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson and the many women of color in our history as hidden. While a catchy title for a book or Hollywood film, the idea of being hidden is centered…

Elma Lewis: Boston’s Hidden Figure?

Let’s take a poll…did you know about Elma Lewis before reading this blog post? Born in Boston on September 15, 1921 to parents from Barbados, Lewis was an accomplished woman for her generation. She graduated from Emerson College, class of 1943 and then completed graduate studies at Boston University. An institution builder for the city…