Photo via the Hidden Figures film
When I walked into my local theater this past weekend to watch Hidden Figures, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. I knew that the film had been receiving praise, had won Best Picture at the SAG Awards, and would be inspiring to watch as a woman. What I didn’t know was that I would be left feeling powerful and with an itch to take on whatever the world plans to throw my way.
Hidden Figures, directed by Theodore Melfi, tells the story of the three African-American women who played a pivotal role in the early years of the United States space program at NASA. These women began as “human computers,” crunching numbers behind the scenes, and worked their way up to supervisors, engineers and backbones of the space program.
The audience’s reaction to the film was what made the experience so drastically different than any movie I have seen recently. With the current political climate and tension running through this country, Hidden Figures was a reminder of American history. The laughs, tears and sounds of frustration coming from the audience proved that this film meant something different for everyone. Whether they’ve experienced racism in the workplace, sexism which prevented them from getting to where they wanted to be, or just general frustration with who American history chooses to recognize, Hidden Figures is a story that everyone needs to hear.
The film served as a reminder for girls and women of all ages to never take ‘no’ for an answer, especially if it is something you feel strongly and passionately about. It shined a light on three women who changed the world, yet the world had no idea about them. Hidden Figures was a reminder of how far we have come, but also of how far we still have to go, and what we can do to keep moving forward.