I had the greatest pleasure in watching the movie Hidden Figures last night.
Three amazing women, perfect for their time, doing work that pushed boundaries, and changed their lives and the world we now experience. Not easily, or because they were encouraged, or had someone actively support them. Quite the opposite.
There's a moment halfway into the movie when head NASA engineer Paul Stafford refuses the request of Katherine Johnson to attend an editorial meeting about John Glenn's mission to become the first American to orbit the Earth. Stafford's response is dismissive, "There's no protocol for women attending." To which Johnson replies, "There's no protocol for a man circling Earth either, sir."
They had to overcome obstacles of ignorance, deliberate prejudice and exceptionally difficult work. So they went to work, forged their own path and fought for what they believed in. Not with complaint or disrespect, but relentless dedication. Against the odds, and oppressed, they showed dignity and aptitude, with just the right amount of assertiveness can create extraordinary.
If you are working to make something happen, and want to better understand how we deal with adversity, and make the decisions that can define you, this movie will move you and make you notice. Three ordinary women, refusing to be defined by a stereotype, who became extraordinary. Watch it, and I dare you not to walk out with a desire to change your world.
Thank you Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson.