In “Hidden Figures ", we have the stories of three famous black women who made history. All, three, remarkable in their mathematical and computer intelligence, worked for NASA in the Colored Computer program. These women knew their work and knew their worth, but had two strikes against them, one they were women, two, they were black. We meet them at work and at home and get to know them personally, that is the brilliance of this film.
We meet Dorothy Vaughan, played by Octavia Spencer. She is acting Supervisor of the Colored Computer division. She was not deemed worthy of the actual title because she was black. Tataji P. Henson plays Katherine Jackson, widowed mother of three girls. She is the mathematical genius, and is asked to work on the plans for getting the US's space program working. Their colleague, Mary Jackson, played by Janelle Monae, goes on to become the first black engineer at NASA. Their workplace difficulties were caused by their race, and this film makes it quite apparent what these women went through with their quiet dignity. Al Harrison, played by Kevin Costner, is their boss. He noted Katherine's brilliance and used her to lead the program. However, it was the other white men and women who held her back, never noting her work, nor the fact she had to walk a mile to the only colored restrooms. This film brings the racism alive but in a quiet manner. We see it, we weep our tears, but they kept themselves together.