classes in an all-white school in order to fulfill the required courses for her to be able to apply as an engineer at NASA, and making her NASA’s first black female engineer. And Katherine Johnson moved on to become “one of the first African-American women to work as a NASA scientist”(nasa.gov).Hidden Figures defines a moment in time when people of color were strictly
Alcantara 6segregated and barred from many opportunities. The movie ended on a good note and showed us the happy endings of Katherine, Dorothy, and Mary achieving the impossible and defying gravity against all odds in a toxic environment. Yet it would be naive to say that these experiences don’t still occur in everyday lives of women of color..And from experience, I can say that this is true in my minimum-wage workplace. Although I have been fortunate to be able to work alongside many people of my same sex and race, we still encounter many implicit and systematic discrimination in the workplace. Snide glances and subtle remarks about our looks as Asian-Americans or Asian immigrants working in the United States--Surely I’m not the only one who feels like Katherine did when she entered that all-male workforce. A film like Hidden Figures shines a light on the importance of support as an essential driving tool for us to progress. We are not alone in this.Proving a point, there are still many people that struggle through breaking barriers that prevent us from reaching our potential, and films such as these are important for us because they remind us that there ismore to appreciating someone’s life and celebrating their existence than that of the color of one’s skin or whether someone is born with a penis or a vagina. What matters is brilliance, and how supporting one another can go so far to have its light lead the way to progress.
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