School textbooks don’t really teach about history when it involves successful women. In US History books, they definitely do NOT mention the women that inspired the film “Hidden Figures”. No matter where we go, there’s very little or even at times, NO reference of successful black women. Why?
Societies still want to suppress women, especially black women. There’s very little information available about successful black women in the math and science fields. School history books deny that they were around and if some of them are even mentioned, there’s very little known.
If there are some things to take home from the movie, “Hidden Figures”, it’d be that black women helped astronaut John Glenn with one his early expeditions to orbit the earth. Women have been disregarded in the majority of the reasons behind many amazing scientific discoveries and American black women have been ignored. The early 1960’s was definitely a different time in American history, especially since segregation was still legal and in most states, black children were put into separate school systems, not being allowed to advance in STEM.
Major book publishing companies are operated by white males. They’ve governed what was being taught in the American school systems. Many black Americans have paved the way through civil rights causes but engaging in STEM has been an underrated issue. If American black children nowadays were taught about precursors in STEM who were also black just like them, then they’ll want to advance into that area instead of something basic and boring.
The three female leading characters in “Hidden Figures”, were not just American black women, they were educated women who are also mothers. That alone, should be inspiring for ALL women to push for something greater for themselves and their families. Many women in current times, have fallen victim to not accomplishing much in life on a personal level, all because sciences aren’t influenced in their education while growing up. Many women from major city areas have mastered accomplishing in STEM while the majority from smaller communities are unaware of it.
School text books should be rewritten. Why? Because there are truths behind the most successful events in history and they involve women who’ve been underrated for their accomplishments.
Young girls to grown women of all races should go see this movie. Women will be inspired by the females who’ve come well before their time, paving the way for them to have advancements in STEM.
Film Grade: 10/10