Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Hidden Figures

Hidden Figures is about three African American women  mathematicians  and the  vital roles they played in the space program.  It was an amazing movie that carried an emotional punch on many levels.  I had no idea what problems NASA  faced to get the first American astronaut into the atmosphere.  Nor the day-to-day impact of segregation.
The intelligence of the three women the movie is based on leaves me in awe.  Katherine Johnson started high school at age ten, graduated at fourteen and graduated from West Virginia State College at age eighteen.  Mary Jackson and Dorothy Vaughan were also highly intelligent women who broke through the gender-color barrier.  I don't want to mention much more in case you haven't seen the movie.  But if you have seen it and are curious about how closely the movie followed the actual events, historyvshollywood did an interesting article on the film.

Highly recommended.

39 comments:

  1. Sounds like a wonderful movie, thanks for sharing the trailer. Hugs, Valerie

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    1. My pleasure. I think you'd enjoy it, Val.
      Hugs back,

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  2. Sadly too many women's contribution remains hidden to this day. And women of colour are even more invisible. Sigh.
    Can you imagine what they could/would achieve if they were given the same encouragement as men? And the whole world would benefit.

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    1. Right there with ya, EC. She struck me as another Einstein.

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  3. Since I've been sharing space related images on my blog for several days, I was of course, impressed with what they were originally called "Human Calculators." Unfortunately, the first were mostly white, with only one black woman in the group. That was when the Explorer I was sent into space and before NASA was "born."

    I didn't see the movie, but read the book, and I am so glad you showed the trailer. I'm off to read about the facts of the movie.

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    1. Love your posts, Elizabeth. The human computers caught my attention to. Every time they mentioned computers I caught myself looking around for a machine;)

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  4. Loved the trailer and the review. Sometimes it takes a women's intelligence to come to the fore.

    Yvonne.

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  5. I've not seen the movie but I certainly want to, especially after reading your review.

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    1. I found it amazing. Let us know if you see it, Barbara, and what you think.

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  6. I've wanted to see this one. Looks like something I will enjoy. Thanks for the nudge!

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    1. There were a couple of draggy spots, but even with them I was glued to the tube. Let us know what you think.

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  7. I thought it was a moving and wonderful film.

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  8. I enjoyed it when I gave it a watch last month too at our zoo.

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  9. Wonderful trailer! A real eye-opener!
    Women haven't had respect for their brains all that long! We weren't even considered intelligent enough to vote. Women of color have had even less time~

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    1. There certainly has been a finger on the scale where women have been concerned.

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  10. Really want to see this. The history we were never taught.

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    1. Let us know what you think of it, Adam.

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  12. I want to read the book then see the movie.

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  13. Oh, that was a wonderful movie! I saw it on the plane. And, honestly, even though I haven't read the book yet, I don't think the book is spoiled for me by having seen the movie first.

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    1. Let me know what you think of the book, Elizabeth. I'm intrigued now that I've seen the movie.

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  14. Glad you saw the movie..it's so good even with a few changes to what really happened. It is really quite a beautiful film

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  15. sandra; thanx for sharing this; I will have to check out this movie ! ☺♥♥

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  16. I love this movie, and I'm reading the book now.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. How do you like the book, Janie?

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    2. Strangely, not quite as much as the movie. It's rare for me to say, The movie is better than the book.

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    3. Hmmm, I might skip reading it then.
      Thanks!

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  17. One of our sons saw this quite recently and thoroughly recommended it.
    Haven't seen it yet though!

    Many thanks for your review

    All the best Jan

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  18. If you do, let us know what you think.
    :)

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  19. I saw the film last winter and I was so impressed. Well written and acted. Now I'd like to read the book. I suspect that it is far more dense and probably all the more fascinating.

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  20. You're right, it was well written and acted. If you do read the book, Jeanie, let me know what you think.

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  21. Thanks for the great review Sandra! Big Hugs!

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