Are you looking for resources for Black History Month? LbQ have recently published a series of biographies to inspire your pupils. With an emphasis on Women of Colour in STEM, we have five Short Read Biographies: ### [Mary Seacole](https://www.lbq.org/search/english/readingnonfiction/biographies-and-autobiographies/short-reads-mary-seacole-1-pre-read-?years=1,2,3,4,5,6&hide=true) Firstly, a biography of the intrepid traveller and compassionate nurse – Mary Seacole. Nursing during the Crimean war in the 1850s, Mary Seacole overcame much prejudice to achieve her ambition of caring for soldiers on the frontline. ![alt text](/filestore/BlogImage/17a6ae83-48f0-4061-98eb-734c4baa6ef6/de89a3f6-1a25-43e4-98fd-a798ee15215aMarySeacole2.jpg ""){: .left } ### [Katherine Johnson](https://www.lbq.org/search/english/readingnonfiction/biographies-and-autobiographies/short-reads-katherine-johnson-1-pre-read?years=1,2,3,4,5,6&hide=true) Next, we have the biography of the gifted African American mathematician Katherine Johnson. Working at NASA through the 1950s and 60s, Katherine had to deal with the double disadvantage of her gender and race in a workplace that was both male dominated and segregated by the laws of the time. ![alt text](/filestore/BlogImage/17a6ae83-48f0-4061-98eb-734c4baa6ef6/20200c12-ebe6-4e9e-9e17-811567e70ac5KatherineJohnson2.jpg "") ### [Dorothy Vaughan](https://www.lbq.org/search/english/readingnonfiction/biographies-and-autobiographies/short-reads-dorothy-vaughan-1-pre-read?years=1,2,3,4,5,6&hide=true) The biography of mathematician and computer programmer, Dorothy Vaughan, describes the achievements of another talented woman working as a ‘human computer’ for NASA during the time of the Space Race. When Dorothy was asked about being an African American woman during the years of segregation she said, “I changed what I could. What I couldn’t change, I endured.” ![alt text](/filestore/BlogImage/17a6ae83-48f0-4061-98eb-734c4baa6ef6/db227f8f-cd60-477b-b8bd-e38d1553188fDorothyVaughan2.jpg "") ### [Mary Jackson](https://www.lbq.org/search/english/readingnonfiction/biographies-and-autobiographies/short-reads-mary-jackson-1-pre-read?years=1,2,3,4,5,6&hide=true) The third of LbQ’s ‘Hidden Figures’ biographies looks at the life and career of mathematician and physicist, Mary Jackson. Despite facing segregation in educational establishments in the USA at the time, Mary enrolled at night school to gain engineering qualifications, and she became NASA’s first black female engineer. ![alt text](/filestore/BlogImage/17a6ae83-48f0-4061-98eb-734c4baa6ef6/8762e7c3-be76-41a5-899f-90b1cb230b8bMaryJackson2.jpg "") ### [Dr Mae Jemison](https://www.lbq.org/search/english/readingnonfiction/biographies-and-autobiographies/short-reads-biography-mae-jemison-1-pre-read?years=1,2,3,4,5,6&hide=true) The scientist, doctor and astronaut Mae Jemison provides another inspirational role model for aspiring young scientists today. LbQ’s biography of Dr Mae Jemison describes the incredible career of the first African American woman to travel into space. ![alt text](/filestore/BlogImage/17a6ae83-48f0-4061-98eb-734c4baa6ef6/b5d080ed-ba85-4601-93ff-a22d3fa8ba38MaeJemison2.jpg "") We hope that these Short Read Biographies about such talented, determined and remarkable women are a useful addition to your resources for Black History Month. You can access our Short Reads [here](https://www.lbq.org/search/english/readingnonfiction?years=1,2,3,4,5,6&hide=true).