Monday, January 30, 2017


This past weekend we finally got around to seeing HIDDEN FIGURES, the based-on-a-true-story film about  3 African-American women who made important contributions to the US space program during the 1960s (and beyond).

The movie has been nominated for 3 Oscars: Best Movie, Best Supporting Actress (Octavia Spencer), and Best Adapted Screenplay. Will it win? I will be watching February 26 to find out. :)

I love it when literature/art/film showcases previously overlooked people in history. (I've written many poems about many other such overlooked women!) The movie is especially powerful and relevant because it's about women in a male-dominated science/math field -- and African-American women at that!

Yes, newsflash: women are smart, capable, determined, innovative. They have been for a long time. Even when all the TV showed was the (white, male) astronauts, these women were there doing the math, the engineering, the coding.

I'm grateful for this song for the unsung heroes. It's inspiring to think about these women pushing against boundaries, being "first." We wouldn't be where we are today with these women and others like them. I appreciate this opportunity to remember and recognize them.

And okay, the movie goes a little long and had some slow-ish moments... and doesn't get MY vote for Best Movie.. but it's still a good one! I especially loved sharing it with our young adult sons.

1 comment:

  1. We saw Hidden Figures this past week and enjoyed it. What a tribute to these women! Diane Anderson mentioned a video about Katherine Johnson at I love celebrating strong women who've pushed against the boundaries, heroines for all of us today.


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