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. Based on the unbelievably true life stories of three of these women, known as “human computers”, we follow these women as they quickly rose the ranks of NASA alongside many of history’s greatest minds specifically tasked with calculating the momentous launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, and guaranteeing his safe return. Dorothy Vaughn, Mary Jackson, and Katherine Johnson 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.
“Hidden Figures” is an inspirational movie based on true facts. When NASA was still in its infancy and trying to beat Russia to space, three black women fought many battles against color and gender discrimination, ultimately rising to the top of their respective fields within the agency. This is their story.These three intelligent ladies had to prove themselves over and over again in a man’s world during a very trying time. They lived in the segregated South and endured many types of prejudice along the way—at times going beyond the norm to fulfill the needs at NASA without being recognized for their abilities or work. Katherine was like a human computer when it came to numbers, Dorothy had the goal to organize and teach others how to run an IBM computer, and Mary fought against school segregation so she could become an engineer. This is a story that may not have been known by many. It is encouraging to others and shows how times have changed since those days in the world. “Hidden Figures” is an exceptionally stirring movie. Unfortunately, it is marred by a single misuse of the name “Jesus Christ” which prevents us from awarding this film our Dove Seal.