Classified: The Secret Career of Mary Golda Ross, Cherokee Aerospace Engineer

Classified: The Secret Career of Mary Golda Ross, Cherokee Aerospace Engineer

Mary Golda Ross designed classified airplanes and spacecraft as Lockheed Aircraft Corporation's first female engineer. Find out how her passion for math and the Cherokee values she was raised with shaped her life and work.

Cherokee author Traci Sorell and Métis illustrator Natasha Donovan trace Ross's journey from being the only girl in a high school math class to becoming a teacher to pursuing an engineering degree, joining the top-secret Skunk Works division of Lockheed, and being a mentor for Native Americans and young women interested in engineering. In addition, the narrative highlights Cherokee values including education, working cooperatively, remaining humble, and helping ensure equal opportunity and education for all.

Title:Classified: The Secret Career of Mary Golda Ross, Cherokee Aerospace Engineer
ISBN:9781541579149
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  • Dennis

    A brief illustrated biography of Mary Golda Ross, who was the first known Native American female engineer and in 1950 became the first female engineer in the history of Lockheed.The book shows the Che...

  • Dave Schaafsma

    I was recommended to read this book, which I like for letting me know about a Cherokee woman in the first half of the twentieth century, facing severe racism and sexism, who worked for Lockheed design...

  • Reading_ Tam_ Ishly

    This illustrated short biography is exceptional celebrating the genius of the only girl who loved mathematics when girls weren't expected to even like the subject, Mary Golda Ross who made groundbreak...

  • Barbara

    Given the stereotypes that still exist concerning girls and women and math, it astonishes me that Mary Golda Ross was able to take challenging math courses in high school in the 1920s and even dreamed...

  • Theediscerning

    I think the story in this biography would have been quite interesting enough without one of the many aspects that made its subject so notable. A young lady, born before WWI, mastering STEM subjects, a...

  • Laura

    This picture book biography of Mary Golda Ross is absolutely amazing. I love learning about women who did great things, and it is especially good to hear about women in STEM who managed to get as far ...

  • Jessica Haider

    This is a great picture book for any diverse collection. The book is written by a member of the Cherokee Nation and tells the true story of a female innovator who was also from the Cherokee Nation. Ma...

  • Lorie Barber

    Wow. I love learning about people that I don’t expect, then feel a bit angry that I don’t expect them. Stories like the one of Mary Golda Ross, Cherokee Native and mathematician/engineer, should b...

  • Britt

    Thank you to Millibrook Press and NetGalley for providing me with the e-ARC. All opinions in this review are my own.Classified: The Secret Career of Mary Golda Ross, Cherokee Aerospace Engineer is a g...

  • Mimi

    Short biography of Mary Golda Ross, tailored for children, with very nice artwork.Mary G. Ross was an amazing, inspiring woman, paving the way for so many (but still not enough) women in engineering a...