Hidden Figures features black woman who face workplace difficulties


Hopper Stone

Katherine Jonson played, by Taraji P. Henson, stands among her co-works listening to an announcement while at work. The movie ‘Hidden Figures’ is based off real events that happened in 1961.


      Hidden Figures takes place in the NASA Langley Research Center in 1961, where three African American faced segregation and sexism problems. They overcame the sexism issues and broke through the race issues.  

      The movie is based on Margot Lee Shetterly’s book and describes the hardships during segregation and how these women overcame them. The three women were mathematicians, basically human computers, who helped NASA become what it is today. The movie acknowledges how these women never gave up and kept on fighting for what they believed in. 

      The film highlights black women who overcame adversity, sexism, and segregation problems in the workplace. Hidden Figures provides the viewer a glimpse into what life was like for African American women in the workforce in the 1960s. You personally may not understand what they are going through but by the end of the movie, you feel for them and understand the great contributions they made to the NASA space program.  

      Octavia Spencer plays Dorothy Vaughn, Taraji P. Henson plays Katherine Johnson, and Janelle Monáe plays Mary Jackson. Their acting brought this movie to life. The cast of the movie won the Ensemble Performance Award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival. The cast in the movie also won Outstanding Performance by cast in a Motion Picture at the Screen Actors Guild Awards. 

      Hidden Figures was directed by Theodore Melfi who is American screenwriter, film director, and producer. He received Oscar nominations for Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay for “Hidden Figures”. 

      The movie was clearly organized and moved at a pace that was easy to follow. With a believable set and period appropriate attire, Hidden Figures pulls you in and makes you feel as though you are at the NASA Langley Research Center. Hidden Figures is a well written movie whose dialogue accurately represents the time period and gives great clarity to the characters.   

     Hidden Figures includes music by Pharrell Williams, Alisha Keys, and others which gives the viewer a soulful feel, pulling them into the era of the 1960s.  

      The contribution of these three women to the NASA space program was not known for decades until the movie was released. Hidden Figures provides a factual glimpse into history and the power in never giving up.