Mary Jackson graduated from her high school with top marks and continued on to get her bachelor’s degree in Science from the Hampton Institute. She started off teaching, before taking a job at NASA.
She worked as a computer, extracting data from the daily experiments and flight tests. Jackson was known to help fellow coworkers advance in their careers by recommending relevant classes and was eventually promoted to aerospace engineer.
After 30 years of working for NASA as a computer and engineer, Jackson took on a job as an equal opportunity specialist to assist women and minorities. She spent her life helping others advance in their careers, and finally retired in 1985.