Whoever said girls can’t do math have never met Katherine G. Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson. They were three amongst many women of colour whose math skills help bring America into space. They are finally getting their dues in Hidden Figures, a lighthearted biopic from Theodore Melfi, director of St. Vincent.
When we first meet Katherine (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy (Octavia Spencer) and Mary (Janelle Monae), they’re car is stalled. To make matters worse, a cop pulled over to give them a hard time. How does it end? With the cop escorting them to NASA. “Three Negro women chasing a white police officer down a highway in Hampton, Virginia.” As Mary would say; “That there is a God-ordained miracle!” It’s 1961 and the space race is on. Our lady trio are among many black women working as “Computers” for the program. From this position, each woman begins a push beyond what’s expected of them.