If you have not gone out to see Hidden Figures, what are you waiting for?
This movies had so many moving moments and scenes that brought a tear to my eye and made me feel empowered as a woman in general and as a Black woman specifically.
Dorothy Vaughn taught herself how to operate one of the first computers, an IBM that took up an entire room. The average woman today would do the same in an effort to excel in her field. But Dorothy took it a step further. She took the time to teach the other “colored computers,” Black female mathematicians who she worked with side by side, how to operate the machine as well. When it was time to form a group to operate these new machines, Dorothy and the other women were called. If all women adopted this mentality of encouraging and empowering each other, think of how far we would be by now.
Mary Jackson sought to be an engineer and fought in court to attend an all White high school to get the necessary credits to achieve her dream. Think about that. When faced with a boundary, she could have done what many of us have done and just given up. Instead, she went to the courthouse, got her case heard, got the judge to side with her, attended classes where she was the only female and the only Black person, juggled her classes with being a mother, wife, and full time employee, and earned a place as NASA’s first female engineer.
Katherine Johnson knew she had a gift with numbers and worked hard to manually calculate different projects at NASA. She never set out to make history; she simply wanted to do her job to the best of her ability. She knew she was a Black woman that most people passed the numbers to and then quickly dismissed. But even with these powerful White men dismissing her, when it counted, she made her voice heard. She never doubted what she could bring to the table, no matter what was said about her. We all have people that try to talk down to us, for whatever reason. But we have to believe in our skills and acknowledge our purpose. Every situation we find ourselves in is a chance to fulfill the purpose that God has placed in our lives.
This film was wonderful and inspired me to continue to fight, in my way, for what I want and what I deserve. The movie also served as a reminder to put more effort into nurturing the hopes and dreams of the women I call friends. Even with juggling my own family and my own projects, I cannot neglect the efforts of the strong and intelligent women I surround myself with.