Pictured above is Katherine Johnson, now 98, a former NASA mathematician who calculated rocket trajectories for the Mercury and Apollo missions. She is one of three NASA mathematicians, who are also black and female, to be featured in Hidden Figures a film (and book) to be released this fall.
We hope millions of youth around the country will see the film and be inspired by her story. Role-models like, Mrs. Johnson, have been shown to positively impact a student’s aspirations for and performance in science-related careers. Seeing someone successful who looks like them can give a minority student confidence-it lets them know the maybe they can do it too (info from this article).
For more information about the film, the author of Hidden Figures, and the black female mathematicians who worked at NASA during the 40’s and 50’s read On Being a Black Female Math Whiz During the Space Race.