This Blockbuster Film Has Made History As The First To Inspire A Government Program For Women In STEM

#HiddenNoMore will bring together tech-savvy women from all over the world.

Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson — the real-life NASA employees portrayed in the 2016 blockbuster film, Hidden Figures — were movers, shakers, and most importantly, history makers. 


By breaking down racial barriers and smashing glass ceilings, they blazed a trail in science and mathematics for countless other women of color.

That trail still has a long way to go before we reach true equality. Women still account for less than half (35 percent) of people with degrees in STEM fields, according to the World Economic Forum. Racial disparity is even more stark, according to the National Science Foundation, with Black and Hispanic employees making up less than 10 percent of the STEM workforce in 2010.

Despite these obstacles, Hidden Figures was notably one of the highest grossing films last year, eclipsing even La La Land, and has now become a history maker in its own right as the first ever film to inspire a publicly funded exchange program in the history of the U.S. State Department, according to The Hollywood Reporter

The U.S. State Department decided to sponsor the program, called "#HiddenNoMore," after receiving an unprecedented amount of requests from nearly 80 embassies to screen the film. Through the State Department's International Visitor Leadership Program, #HiddenNoMore plans to invite 50 tech-savvy women from 50 countries in Latin America, Asia, Africa, and Europe to spend three weeks in the United States discussing the importance of women in STEM at various organizations. "We really wanted to build on the momentum," Stacy White, office director of the IVLP,  told The Hollywood Reporter

Fox 2000 Pictures, the production company behind Hidden Figures, will also contribute to the program with a free screening at National Geographic and nearly $400,000 in donations for scholarship competitions. "This movie has taken on a life of its own and sparked things we've never seen before," Liba Rubenstein, head of social impact for 21st Century Fox, told the publication. "From a social impact perspective, the enduring relevance of this film means there has been no end to the demand for partnerships."

At the end of the three-week program, Fox will host a two-day event for participants on its lot. "Our goal is to get people from diverse communities talking about these issues that are vital to long-term U.S. security and prosperity," added White. 

Hidden Figures has already inspired women as young as 13 and as famous as the film's very own star Octavia Spencer to make sure the film's empowering message of women succeeding in STEM fields is accessible to as many people as possible. 

Now, with the full support of the U.S. State Department, the stories told through this film will not only be immortalized through both art and science, but become the catalyst for many more real-life stories of women working together toward a better future for everyone

(H/T: Huffington Post


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