Tuesday, January 10, 2017

What We Learn About Diversity From 'Hidden Figures' And IBM's Chief Diversity Officer - FORBES

by Georgene Huang
Originally published: January 9, 2016
Publisher: Forbes.com 

If the cold weather kept you indoors, you may have been one of the movie-goers that watched "Hidden Figures", one of the weekend's top box office hits. The new film, which opened on Friday, is based on the true story of three African-American women who defied expectations for their work during the early 1960's in NASA space program. At one point, Taraji P. Henson’s character Katherine Johnson says: “Yes, they let women do some things at NASA...and it’s not because we wear skirts. It’s because we wear glasses.”

Henson plays the role of a mathematical genius who calculates the orbit for NASA’s first launch of an astronaut into space. But at NASA, she isn’t called Ms. Johnson or Katherine by her colleagues: she’s simply referred to as a “computer.”