Movie, "Hidden Figures" Inspires New Program
“Hidden Figures” made history when it became one of the highest grossing films of 2016 putting it ahead of blockbuster films including “La La Land,” “Star Trek Beyond,” and “X-Men: Apocalypse. Starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monae as black women behind the NASA space program that sent a man to space.
Now, the film is continuing to make history by inspiring a new educational exchange program for women in STEM.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the movie is the first to ever inspire a publicly funded exchange program in the history of the U.S. State Department, which is sponsoring the program. Called ”#HiddenNoMore,” the program will reportedly bring 50 women working in math and science from 50 countries across Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America to convene in the United States.
The State Department was inspired to launch the program after nearly 80 embassies across the world requested screenings of “Hidden Figures.” #HiddenNoMore, which will be run through the department’s International Visitor Leadership Program, will invite participants to spend three weeks discussing the importance of women in STEM at organizations across America.
Fox, which donated $400,000 to the program, will also be hosting a two-day event in Los Angeles to close out the program.
Liba Rubenstein, head of social impact for 21st Century Fox said,
“This movie has taken on a life of its own and sparked things we’ve never seen before,”