A very moving experience at the movies on Monday.
One of the previews showed a woman hiding Jews from the Nazis (The Zookeeper's Wife, true story). It is still astonishing and upsetting to me that humans could have let this happen. My hope and belief is that we will not let this happen again. We are certainly better equipped today than we were then.
Another of the previews showed a young girl who was extraordinary at math.
And the feature I was seeing was about a lot of women (who were mostly African American) who were mathmatics experts who are responsible for getting our astronauts into space. It gives me more hope that these unknown stories are coming out and that we will continue to be able to combat racism, misogyny and homophobia successfully. It gives me even more hope that there is much "good" happening in the world all the time that we don't see.
One of the most inspiring things about the Hidden Figures movie was the way the women stood up for themselves, did more than was required of them, faced unconscionable injustice and still forged ahead.
I think EVERYONE alive on this Earth would benefit from seeing this film.
And I'll take all the hope I can get as January 20th nears...
“Women, on the other hand, had to wield their intellects like a scythe, hacking away against the stubborn underbrush of low expectations.”
-Margot Lee Shetterly, Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race