Thursday night, we went to see Hidden Figures at the Robinson, our local art theater. Before the show, the YWCA, the Shreveport Mayor's Women's Commission, and the Commission for Women of Bossier City presented a short program highlighting the hidden figures of the Shreveport/Bossier area in honor of National Celebration of Women Month. The program was informative and interesting.
And then the movie--what a rewarding experience. It is truly remarkable that women played such an important role in the early space program with no fanfare and little recognition--not just women, but black women in a state that still had Jim Crow laws! The film is a fictionalized version based on facts, but I've already ordered the nonfiction book. We left with smiles on our faces, proud of the women who contributed so much to the space program in spite of all the restrictions they faced.
I've always admired smart women, especially in the maths and sciences. Math has always been a stumbling block for me, and women who achieved success in those areas have always had my respect and admiration. I loved the celebration of these women whose work has been so little acknowledged until Margot Lee Shetterly's book, and I hope that the book and movie will be an inspiration for girls to develop an interest in math and science. If you haven't seen Hidden Figures, don't miss it!
Notice the way the women's clothing in the film--even in the late 60's, women wore dresses, skirts, and heels most of the time. Trousers were not an option for most occasions.
Women wearing trousers is a fairly recent phenomenon. Time to mention Jean Cameron, the Scottish postie whose request for a new uniform made it possible for women postal workers to wear trousers on their rounds in 1941.
I've seen the video before, but there is some additional information on Wearing the Trousers.
:) Like many women, my daily life is lived in comfortable pants!