Female empowerment? Yes! Black empowerment? Yes! Black female empowerment? Yes!
If you haven’t heard of the upcoming American movie, ‘Hidden Figures’, then you are in the right place! I will give you the gist and why I am excited about this movie.
Hidden Figures is an upcoming 2017 American biographical drama film based on the non-fiction book of the same name. The film recounts the story of the African-American mathematician Katherine Johnson and her two colleagues, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson (engineer), who helped NASA catch up in the Space Race. Using their calculations, NASA was able produce the first American astronaut to make a complete orbit of the Earth.
When I first heard of the movie, I researched the story of Katherine Johnson, an African-American physicist, space scientist, and mathematician who contributed to the United States’ aeronautics and space programs with the early application of digital electronic computers at NASA, whose life story inspired the movie.
She was the first black person I heard of who worked in a space program, ever! I read quite a lot, but somehow, I never came across black people in space engineering history. Her story is fascinating and she is in fact a true genius.
After watching the trailer, I felt some form of happiness and empowerment. This is one of the very important piece of history black people around the world need to know about, in fact, females of any colour should know about. As a software engineer, I frequently research women in STEM, and women who have contributed significantly to the computer age. It’s a great feeling that changes my mindset about what I can do, and enables me to look beyond my environment’s limitations. Most of the females I research, if not all are not black, and so getting to know of Katherine Johnson is a feeling I cannot describe.
If you haven’t seen the trailer yet, check it out below. The trailer is a master piece and from the look of things, the movie will bag several awards next year. I am so ready!!!!
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