Mary Winston Jackson was born in Hampton, Virginia on April 9, 1921, to Frank
Winston and Ella Winston. She then went to Hampton all-black schools where she graduated
from George Phenix P. School in the year 1937 after she served as a president of the National
Honor Society during her year as a senior. In the year 1942, she got a dual degree in physical
science and mathematics from the Hampton Institute which is currently Hampton University.
Mary then later got employed to work as a mathematics teacher in Maryland before she went
back to Hampton. Mary later got married to Levi Jackson.
Commitment to making the life of people around you better and love for science was the
same thing according to Mary Jackson. Mary first worked as a teacher of math at an AfricanAmerican segregated school in Calvert County. She was a tutor to the students at university level
and even high school for her lifetime. When the Second World War began, Hampton, her
hometown was used as a research hub for defense. In the 1970s, Mary assisted a group of young
students at King Street in Hampton to construct their own wind tunnel where they could do their
experiments. She said that things like that had to be done to the younger generation in order to
build their interest in the field of science. Her career path to becoming an engineer at NASA was
not a direct path. During the era of segregation, the stereotype of engineers that was traditionally
known was that they were males and they were all white. This would be a hindrance not only for
Mary Jackson but for any other black female who would want to be an engineer. Putting into
consideration Mary’s gender and her race, it was close to impossible. Despite all these Mary was
still determined to become an engineer. Mary Jackson should be considered a hero due to her
achievements and the courageous acts that she portrayed in her decorated lifetime. Mary joined
the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA), the predece...