Movie Review: Hidden Figures

I know. I’m late to the party, but I recently watched the best movie I’ve seen in a long time, Hidden Figures. The film, a biographical drama based on the book by Margot Lee Shetterly, is the story of three brilliant African-American mathematicians, Katherine Goble Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson who worked at NASA, each leaving her own indelible mark on history.  Katherine Goble Johnson calculated trajectories for Project Mercury, Friendship 7, Apollo 11 and Space Shuttle missions. Dorothy Vaughan was NASA’s first African-American supervisor and Mary Jackson attended graduate school at night to become NASA’s first female engineer. These women sought to achieve equality by challenging unfair labor practices and discrimination at NASA in 1961. Their story, and others like it, sparked what historians call “the second wave of feminism,” marking the 1960s as a decade of profound cultural transition which forever altered the role of women in American society. read more