! HAPPY INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY !
Because today is its release, and also because today is Women’s Day – so it’s quite appropriate – I decided to talk about « Hidden Figures« , the amazing movie by Theodore Melfi, based on Margot Lee Shetterly’s book.
In today’s society where women are still discriminated ; In today’s society where colored people are still outcast ; In today’s society where people keep trying to convince others that they’re not racist, but they just « don’t like foreigners » – that they’re not sexists, they just think « women are weaker than men »; In today’s society that pretends to be modern but who still hasn’t broken conventions.
Luckily, in today’s society, they’re still people to remind everyone that discrimination isn’t justified, and equality must be accepted by everyone.
That’s what « Hidden Figure » is here for. A true story. United States. 1969. Three women. Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Mary Jackson (Janelle Monae), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer). Three black women. Working for the NASA, in the « computers » groupe.
Despite their incredible capacities in maths, they can’t graduate because of their sex, and the color of their skin. But with their strength and their intelligence, they finally achieve their goal and turn out to be way more helpful than the NASA thought in the american space program – and succeed in standing out as black women in the XXth century.
« Here at the NASA, everyone pees the same color » – says Al Harrison, director of the Space Task Group, after breaking the sign « toilets for colored people« .
An untold story that shouldn’t have been hidden or forgotten, like so many story about women’s achievements that no one talks about, that no one has ever heard about.
What impressed me the most in this story – even though I don’t really know what is true and what’s fictive in the movie- is that the three women stood out without violence, without anger, without resentment. They didn’t reclaim their freedom by revolting. They just got it with patience. No grudge.
And this shows that with a minimum of intelligence and persistence, we can get what we want. That’s simply how it works.