The Women Behind the NASA

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If you haven’t seen Hidden Figures by now, you are surely missing out. Hidden Figures came out at the beginning of January and since then become a critically-acclaimed movie.

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The movie follows the story of three black women who work at NASA and all face a different challenge. Katherine Johnson works as a “computer” in the segregated West Area Computers division of Langley Research Center alongside Dorothy Vaughn and Mary Jackson. Johnson is given the opportunity to work in Space Task Group, becoming the first “colored” woman to be on the team.

Dorothy Vaughn faces her own struggle as she knows she is capable of more but isn’t treated with the same respect as her fellow white colleague. Vaughn not only empowers herself, but when she is given a life-changing job, she doesn’t take it unless her girls can come, too.

Likewise, Mary Jackson wishes to pursue becoming an engineer but must fight against school segregation to be able to attend the school she needs to in order to become an engineer. It is based on true events, which makes it all the more inspiring.

Throughout the movie, the ordeals black people faced is not hidden as part of the struggles of these ladies and it allows the movie to have a realistic feeling. The movie also celebrates women in the workplace as the characters develop outside their comfort zones and demand the freedom they deserve. The characters in the movie are well played and the storyline is very intriguing. It allows people know the truth behind how “man” got to space and how women were the backbone of the NASA.

Despite the fact that Johnson does fall in love and has the typical love storyline, it does not take the focus off of that main point that involves the independence of black women.

In all, I would give this movie a 5 out 5 stars. The story is not only educational, but extremely motivational.

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