“Mary never accepted the status quo, she helped break down barriers and open up opportunities for African-American women and women in the field of engineering and technology.”
Jackson began his career with NASA in a separate computing unit for the western area of the Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, NASA said.
A mathematician and aeronautical engineer, Jackson led programs aimed at raising women at NASA.
All women were featured in the book “Hidden Figures,” which later became a famous film – Janelle Monáe as Jackson – detailing the contribution of Black Women to early space flight.
“Without hiding anymore, we will continue to recognize the contributions of women, African Americans, and people of all kinds who have helped create NASA’s successful history in research,” Bridenstine said.