Hidden Figures (book) - WikipediaBooks and movies have a long-standing and complex relationship. Then again, sometimes books that remain under the radar are made into movies, and then become best-sellers. Starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Parsons, and Kevin Costner, the film takes a fairly well-worn format—the historical, inspirational true but previously-unknown story—and transcends it by leaving that story fairly unvarnished. In short, "Hidden Figures" is definitely a movie you want to see. That means it inescapably condenses events, elides moments, and deletes or combines characters and moments in order to create a narrative structure and a sense of drama. Johnson herself.
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The author does an excellent job of dipping into the narratives of many women, not just the primary four, and summarizing complex aerodynamics concepts for the layperson. Even though the movie focuses on three out of the four women Katherine Goble Johnson, Mary Jackson, and Dorothy Vaughan, while Christine Darden is left out , the movie still manages to make Katherine Goble into sort of a composite character of all four and makes the others secondary characters with only trivial plotlines. For example, the very memorable plot point where Johnson must travel far across the NASA campus to use a colored bathroom actually happened to Jackson in not By the late 50s and early 60s when the movie takes place, NASA was, as a matter of fact, largely desegregated because of a merit based promotion system that began to be used by upper level engineers in the mid 50s, many of whom were Jews from New York that had no problem promoting Black people or even women, and little problem working alongside them — the whole thing where Goble was not allowed to use the same coffee pot as the white men would not have happened. I feel the movie tried to hard to be compelling by focusing on the Space Race Era, when it could have started slightly earlier to be more historically accurate. The book is compelling not only because of what the women achieved in spite of racism, but also because of the progress they made in integrating and improving the workplace, which would have made the end of the movie even more satisfying than it was.
They overcame discrimination there, as women and as African Americans. Also featured is Christine Darden , who was the first African-American woman to be promoted into the Senior Executive Service for her work in researching supersonic flight and sonic booms. The book was adapted as a film by the same name , released in , that was nominated for three Oscars. Hidden Figures tells the story of three African-American women who worked as computers to solve problems for engineers and others at NASA. For the first years of their careers, the workplace was segregated and women were kept in the background as human computers. The book explains how these three historical women overcame discrimination and racial segregation to become three American achievers in mathematics, scientific and engineering history.