Casandra, North America Regional Leader:
It was great to see a movie that celebrates women for their minds above anything else. That's a rarity. It was inspiring to see a story about the contributions of African-American women made to this aspect of American history. It's an important reminder that we as a nation have been very blessed by our diversity - more than we know. At this moment in time, what a joy it was to see a film that is about working together.
Hidden Figures does a fantastic job of telling an important story. When the story of the Race to Space is told, we all remember the name of John Glenn, the astronaut who orbited the earth. Now we will remember the names of the women who put them there. Katherine G. Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson. Women without whose courage, persistence, grace-under-fire, and brilliant computations, the trip into space would not have been possible. Let this remind is to seek out the many stories of courageous women today who are making history even as we speak.
Emma, Media Director:
I watched Hidden Figures with my husband, Jackson, this weekend. Jackson loves anything to do with space and I work for a women's organization so we were both hooked.
To me, the movie itself was more inspiring and emboldening than I could have predicted. Since in many places, women are still struggling to be respected as equals in the workplace, it put new fuel on my fire. In the film, men and women of all backgrounds, ethnicities, and aspirations work together to achieve the goal of NASA; ultimately, working together and seeing beyond gender and race IS the achievement.
Jackson teaches engineering to high school students. He has worked with STEM initiatives for young women that highlight girls for their brain power and capability, not their looks or homemaking ability. He was refreshed to see in the film, women were accurately portrayed as equally capable as their male counterparts. He was inspired to support his female students in their academic endeavors, as we see Al Harrison learns to do in the film. "There's a great shot where a man hands a piece of chalk to Katherine Gobles - that's what I need to do: hand over the chalk," Jackson summarized.
For the true story behind Hidden Figures, check out this Smithsonian article.
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