The movie Hidden Figures is about three women that stood up for their rights through their capability to change the way the world views life: sending a man to outer space. This movie shows us a reality of women through 1935. The fight against segregation, and the social and civil rights of every woman in the country. It may seem that the movie talks about a racial profile, when we may be missing the point; it is about women fighting for their rights and stepping up in the study of exact mathematical sciences that are very much needed in the world, specially at NASA.
Karl Zielinski: Mary, a person with an engineer’s mind should be an engineer. You can’t be a computer the rest of your life. Mary Jackson: Mr. Zielinski, I’m a negro woman. I’m not gonna entertain the impossible. Karl Zielinski: And I’m a Polish Jew whose parents died in a Nazi prison camp. Now I’m standing beneath a spaceship that’s going to carry an astronaut to the stars. I think we can say we are living the impossible. Let me ask you, if you were a white male, would you wish to be an engineer? Mary Jackson: I wouldn’t have to. I’d already be one.
Women’s rights and segregation were fought for at the same time. NASA held women as assistants, secretaries and secondary help in the great enterprise of sending a man to space and back. This step in humankind united all kinds of people with all their talents to make the impossible, possible. To reach for the stars is a dream they conquered. At that time it was something crazy, literally, out of this world. When the world gathers without disctinction, we are able to achive so much more in the meaning of life, than when we are all alone.
Colonel Jim Johnson: They let women handle that sort of… Colonel Jim Johnson: [sees Katherine looking offended] That’s not what I mean. Katherine Johnson: What do you mean? Colonel Jim Johnson: I’m just surprised at something so taxing. Katherine Johnson: Oh Mr. Johnson, if I were you, I’d quit talking right now. Colonel Jim Johnson: I don’t mean no disrespect. Katherine Johnson: I will have you know, I was the first negro female student at West Virginia university graduate school. On any given day, I analyze the binomial levels air displacement, friction and velocity. And compute over ten thousand calculations by cosine, square root and lately analytic geometry. By hand. There are twenty, bright, highly capable negro women in the west computing group, and we’re proud to be doing our part for the country. So yes, they let women do some things at NASA, Mr. Johnson. And it’s not because we wear skirts. It’s because we wear glasses. Have a good day.
Ignorant people discriminate really easily as they just sit and stare at the world sentencing what happens in front of them without caring to know the truth. They are the judges of the world without it. They don’t mind what is happening and what is true; they reject everything without a reason; they consume the world we care and complicate life. If all human beings are capable to know the truth and know what is good, why do you consider yourself better than me? Why do we fight to impose our ideas on others if we aren’t capable of accepting them? Who said we were better than others? It’s illogical to make a sentence just for being who you are. Men and women share the same rights not because the law lets us, but because we are equal for being human and capable to trascend in time with our actions. We are called for greater actions, why fight for something that is futile?