Must Watch: "Hidden Figures"

February 10, 2017

Must Watch: "Hidden Figures"

Today's post is a must watch. Hidden Figures is out in Brazil, and I just loved it! Being a woman, it's certainly one of the most inspiring movies I've ever watched.

The plot

It tells the real life story of Katherine Johnson, Mary Jackson and Dorothy Vaughn, 3 black women who are employees at NASA between the 1950's and 1960's, a place that was developing technology advanced enough to send humanity to the moon, but that was lacking humanity back in its' offices.

Caught up the middle of the Cold War, the world was segregated between communism and capitalism, as United States and URSS were running against time to conquer the outer space. Meanwhile, the United States itself was segregated, with laws that prohibited black people to share the same spaces in buses, schools, libraries and many other environments with white people. 

 

Hidden figures poster

Poster representing Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson and Dorothy Vaughn.

For 3 black women, to be graduated and also working at NASA was already an achievement. But it was far from perfect, as they suffered discrimination at work, by being kept in separate offices and only being allowed to use washrooms for "colored people".

What is inspiring about this movie is that many people would have settled for that, but they didn't. All three collect remarkable personal achievements (I'm not gonna throw spoilers here) throughout their lives, being the first women or first African American (or both!) at their accomplishments.

hidden movies poster with katherine johnson

As Katherine Johnson quotes once in the movie, "I work there not because I wear a skirt, but because I wear glasses".

It's hard to not notice that merely 60 years ago, people were not allowed to use the same toilets or go to the same schools solely because of their skin color. For what I understand, when my father was born, racial segregation was the norm in many places. It reminds us how progress we've made, but also how much we're yet to achieve as mankind towards equality (Trump, anyone?).

Breaking stigmas

Day by day, their strong personalities and determination puts them on the path of breaking stigmas and accomplishing their dreams. At one point, one of the women files a petition in court so she could be able to attend classes at a school for white people, something never done before. She gives a really beautiful speech on how she has to become the first one to do that, and it made me realize something.

black women working at nasa - hidden figures

Black women working at separate offices at NASA

After 3 years living in India as a single woman, as much as I love it, I can tell you it is no piece of cake. There are not many foreigners around and not many single women living alone. And somehow I combine three stigmas: being a foreigner (many people look down on Western habits as they believe it ruins their society), being single, and being a woman.

Apart from that, not many foreign women own a business, and at times it gets hard and lonely, because not too many people can understand what I go through on my daily life, and a lot of people judge me and create assumptions, just because they don't know any better. Certainly, not many foreign women move in there to stay for good. But hey, it's a walk on the moon, hard but worth it. ;)

Gender discrimination nowadays

During these 3 years, I've been discriminated several times for being a woman, and because I'm a foreigner. I've been harassed, molested, humiliated (not only by men, but by women as well), brokers told me in my face more than once that I couldn't rent a flat because people would think I'm a prostitute. At one occasion, I was even offered "free rent" in exchange for my company on Saturday nights. Yes, really.

I've been considered "too old to be single", I've had landlords and suppliers replying to a man whenever I'm the one who asks them a question. I've stayed far longer than I thought I could endure, even when all strength and faith had left my body, cried a lot more than I wish I had, and far too many times I've asked myself "what am I still doing here?" 

And the answer is the same as it was to those women in NASA. I simply cannot give up on my dreams just because someone told me to, because someone was unfair or misjudged me, just because it gets too hard at times, or just because people criticize it due to the fact they are not used to seeing a woman do it. Because the fact is – we are NOT a minority, and we should NOT be treated like one!

sign in japanese train of women only car

Women only car at train in Japan, common practice at many countries.

When I’m not in India, the other half of my year is spent in Sao Paulo, Brazil, both a city and a country that have more women than men, but somehow we are still treated as minority. We need women only cars on subways, women only seats in buses, law to protect women from domestic violence and most of us are scared of going out in the streets alone at night. And the same goes for black people, which account for more than half of our population, but still suffer discrimination. Why?

Well, this movie is a really inspirational reminder that we should NOT settle for less than we deserve just because people are constantly trying to bring us down. And it certainly as well is a reminder that you and me, like those pioneer women, can do something great and push mankind forward. Watch this movie and I guarantee you won’t regret.

Have a great week,

Leti

 

 



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34

35

36

37

38

 

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