Women can do anything — from holding successful careers to solving complex problems to competing in sports or raising a family, women can do whatever they set their minds to. And with the impending release of a new film, audiences around the United States (and around the world) get to witness just how historically true this is.
Meet the women who helped launch the first astronauts into space: Katherine Johnson, Mary Jackson and Dorothy Vaughn, whose stories will be portrayed on the silver screen by Taraji P. Henson, Janelle Monáe and Octavia Spencer respectively in the upcoming film Hidden Figures.
Glamour reports that the film finally sheds light on the unsung heroes and brilliant mathematicians who not only “helped launch astronaut John Glenn into orbit back in 1962,” but also “battled the pervasive sexism and racism of the era at the same time.”
Based on the book Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race, which will go on sale on Sept. 6, the film will hit theaters in January 2017, according to IMDb.