Some time ago Dan and I saw the movie Hidden Figures, and I haven’t been able to get it out of my mind. It’s about three brilliant African-American women who worked at NASA in the 1960s. Did I say worked? They were actually the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: astronaut John Glenn’s launch into orbit. It was a stunning achievement that turned the Space Race around, electrifying the world.
The story is based on three real-life math whizzes who just happened to be African-American women. Real-life in that the main character is both black and a woman. (The position was considered a herculean achievement for a white woman, but for a woman of color, it was impossible.) Black and a woman, and she paid the price for being both. Yet she had pulled it off. And instead of resulting in a dull, good-for-us movie, it is an easy-to-watch, well-written message assuring young women that anything is possible, and for those of us who remember those days, a well-deserved affirmation of our claims.
I give it triumphant 10!
“You have to be taught to be second class. You’re not born that way.”