Dorothy Vaughan: Mrs. Mitchell, If I could. My application for supervisor, ma’am. I was just wondering if they’re still considering me for that position.

Vivian Mitchell: Yes. Well, the official word is no. They’re not assigning a permanent supervisor for the colored group.

Dorothy Vaughan: May I ask why?

Vivian Mitchell: I don’t know why. I didn’t ask why.

Dorothy Vaughan: We need a supervisor, ma’am. We haven’t had one since Miss Jansen got sick. It’s been almost a year.

Vivian Mitchell: Things are working just fine as-is.

Dorothy Vaughan: I’m doing the work of a supervisor.

Vivian Mitchell: Well, that’s NASA for you. Fast with rocket ships, slow with advancement. Get those trajectory calcs worked out, we need them for the Redstone test.”
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