“We all get there together or we don’t get there at all.” In ‘Hidden Figures’ as the United States raced against Russia to put a man in space, NASA found untapped talent in a group of African-American female mathematicians that served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in U.S. history. These ordinary women did extraordinary things. They wanted a change to change their lives. But they got a chance to change history. “These women changed the game.”
“You’re a computer at NASA. They let women handle that sort of…” “Yes, they let women do some things at NASA Mr. Johnson. And it‘s not because we were skirts, it because we wear glasses.” Based on the true life stories of Katherine G. Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe)—brilliant African-American women working at NASA, known as “human computers,” who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit in 1962, a stunning achievement that restored the nation’s confidence, turned around the Space Race, and galvanized the world. “The IBM data processing system. We have to know how to program it.”
“Let me ask you, if you were a white male would you wish to be an engineer?” “I wouldn’t have to I’d already be one.” The visionary trio crossed all gender, race and professional lines while their brilliance and desire to dream big, beyond anything ever accomplished before by the human race, firmly cemented them in U.S. history as true American heroes.
“I plan on being an engineer at NASA no matter what it takes.” Directed by Theodore Melfi from a screenplay by Allison Schroeder and Margot Lee Shetterly’s book with a cast that includes: Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe, Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Parsons, Mahershala Ali, Aldis Hodge, and Glen Powell, Pharrell Williams joined the production team overseeing all musical elements for the motion picture and its soundtrack.
Such an amazing contribution by women, not to mention women of color that had such an impact of history. ‘Hidden Figures’ is in theaters and look for it on Digital HD.
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