The message in The Girl With A Mind For Math:The Story of Raye Montague is, if there is something you want, you need to focus your mind on it. Your dream may seem out of reach, people may tell you that you can’t do it, but you need to keep going, and you will succeed, like one bold engineer named Raye Montague.
This is a story of a woman who realized her dream when basically everything was against her. Being born a girl of color in the south where segregated schools were the norm, Raye was met with negativity at nearly every turn, when she talked about becoming an engineer who designs ships.
Raye was lucky to have the support of her family, they told her to keep going no matter what. Raye was resourceful, when the schools did not teach what she wanted to learn, she learned it on her own. She was a voracious reader, and even when she found out engineering was not offered to her in college. she took business instead.
Raye went to Washington, D.C. after graduating college with honors and landed a position as a typist for the Navy. There she not only did her job, but learned all she could from the ship designing engineers. At night she went to school to learn computers.
It all paid off even though Raye faced discrimination for being black and being a woman. She never let that stop her, and pushed through the barriers she needed to. A stroke of luck got her promoted when she got to show off all she knew. Learning computers helped her design a special system to design a ship for the president in just 18 hours.
This is a book about rising above all the odds. It is inspirational and educational. Great to read to your kids, grandkids or use in the classroom. The end of the book has pages about Raye’s real life, advice from her and a timeline of all she achieved. The book is written by Julia Finley Mosca and is illustrated by Daniel Rieley.
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