Hidden Figures

“Where do I start with this one? Do I talk about how as a woman in tech, this movie is very important to me personally? What about how I really want my 12 year old little cousin to see this, even if she’s not particularly interested in math or science? There’s also the conversation I recently had with a friend about different things that just make sense to us (she can parallel park without effort and I always knew what count we were on in dance class), which is relevant to the characters in the film. Or I could just start by emphasizing how important it is that this story is getting an audience. Maybe I should just get right into it.

Hidden Figures tells the true and previously overlooked story of three African American women working at NASA in the 60s: Katherine G. Johnson (Taraji P. Henson) was a mathematician who helped calculate the landing procedure for John Glenn’s orbit around the earth, Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) taught herself and her colleagues computer programming in anticipation of the shifts in technology, and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe) who fought to attend classes in hopes of becoming an engineer. Together these women worked together to overcome racial prejudice and sexism to advance in their workplace. Without them and their colleagues, the space program may never have had the success that it did.

I loved every minute of it. The story was compelling and inspirational. Seeing the discrimination these ladies faced broke my heart, but the positive attitude they maintained was so moving (I didn’t wanna reuse inspiring, but that’s really it). The performances were riveting. It was just an overall uplifting and important film. I want every little girl to see this movie and feel like she can be or do anything.

Hidden Figures – \m/ \m/ \m/ \m/”

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