#HiddenFigures – Review

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Hidden Figures – Budget of $25 million – 2 hours and 6 minutes

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Hidden Figures
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Katherine, Mary, and Dorothy, and a host of others are “colored computers” at NASA. They are given temporary assignments to calculate numbers at anytime and anywhere on the NASA campus. Mary is given the opportunity to work with Karl Zielinski. He tells her to apply for the engineering program because he sees her potential. The only problem is she needs classes at an all white school to join the program. Zielinski, a Jewish man whose parents died in the Holocaust, tells her to fight. Dorothy is doing all the work of a supervisor for the past year, but is still fighting to get the title with the pay. She is politely told that his position will never go to a “woman of color”. But in a brief moment, Dorothy sees the future for “computers” and “borrows” a FORTRAN book.  Now, she has to step up and compute the computer. Katherine is asked to report to Al Harrison to check their numbers, but is met with resistance in the form of black ink, a coffee pot, and a bathroom. These three women will be pushed to the back while helping America move forward in the Space Race. With them NASA will learn that numbers don’t have race or gender.

Based on Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly, the brains on these 3 women can’t be denied (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer). Get ready to cheer and be empowered to do more.  They worked hard and fought an uphill battle against segregation, racism, and sexism. When watching this movie, keep in mind that this isn’t 100 year ago. This was 1961. Its amazing to see how long this story has gone in the shadows of American history. These three women and all the other “computers” should make any African American, Women, Engineers, and Americans (period) proud of what they achieved. Also it is great to see how may people were rooting for them and that no computer was left behind. Sometimes ignorance isn’t out of hatred, it’s because you are not affected. Use this movie to look around the world and be affected. Change only comes when a majority sees it is needed.

I give it 5 out of 5 stars

I don’t see a colored section. Should I sit anywhere? – Mary

I pay my taxes – Dorothy

That’s NASA for you. Advance in space and slow in advancement – Vivian

How come every time I look up, you’re not there? – Al

Yes sir, I do. Geometry and speak – Katherine

My numbers are spot on – Paul

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