‘Hidden Figures’ Brings Black Women in STEM to the Forefront

Mathematicians and scientists Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson were the first African-American women to work for NASA during its formative years. Their impact and work was crucial to the success of the agency’s Mercury and Apollo missions.

Do you know their story? If not, you will soon.



Taraji P. Henson, Janelle Monáe and Octavia Spencer are bringing their important story to life in the highly anticipated film, Hidden Figures.

Watch the trailer below.

The film is set to debut January 13, 2017. Want even more powerful stories of Black women in STEM? Check out the articles below via #TheUpload:

Former NASA Engineer Makes Millions with STEMBoard

Nasa Engineer

For Aisha Bowe, CEO and Co-Founder of STEMBoard and former aerospace engineer at NASA’s Ames Research Center, starting a tech company in Silicon Valley was a no go. “We went to the Valley to raise money and the reception wasn’t what we had hoped for, so we decided we knew what we wanted to do and that we were going to make it work. So I continued to work at NASA for two years until we got the company off the ground,” says Bowe. Read the full story here.

Aniyia Williams is a Wearables BOSS. 

Aniyia Williams

Imagine the unconscious bias that must rear its ugly head when it’s a Black woman who is also pregnant. That’s the story of Aniyia Williams, CEO and co-founder of Tinsel, a company that makes wearables with its first product The Dipper, a necklace that’s also a pair of headphones, set to launch this spring. Read the full story here. 

Meet Dr. Ayanna Howard, One of the Nation’s Most Promising Engineers

Dr. Ayanna Howard

If you’ve ever wondered what a Black woman roboticist looks like, shift your attention to Ayanna Howard, owner and chief technology officer of an Atlanta-based company called Zyrobotics. Read the full story here.

Melissa Kimble is the Senior Social Media Manager for the EBONY brand. An advocate for Black Creatives via #blkcreatives, you can connect with her on Twitter at @Melissa_Kimble.





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