How Hidden Figures Is Mobilizing Our Next Tech Leaders

Source: Blackgirlscode.org
By: Alley Goodroad

By: Alley Goodroad

Recently, we listed our Top 10 reasons to see Hidden Figures. The star-studded film centers on the untold story of the African American women who made major contributions to NASA space programming during in era of 1960s civil unrest. Despite being at the box office for less than a month, the film  is already catalyzing today’s young, black women to pursue careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), specifically coding.

 

This month, 21st Century Fox and Black Girls CODE teamed up to screen Hidden Figures at select cities across the nation with the intention to inspire the next generation of black women in STEM. The website for the partnership campaign, http://www.futurekatherinejohnsons.com, is a product of developers within the Black Girls CODE program. The hub curates their takes on how Katherine Johnson, the mathematician played by Taiji P. Henson, inspired their desire to enter a career in Technology. Ultimately, the initiative ties in to Black Girls CODE’s goal to provide African American youth with the skills to occupy the estimated 1.4 million computing job openings to be expected in 2020.

 

To learn more about the impact of the project and see the Future Katherine Johnsons of the world, watch:

Alley Goodroad is a tech geek and digital media strategist at heart. She consults for start-ups, mid-sized businesses, and Fortune 50 companies. Recently, the Houston Business Journal nominated Alley for a Top 40 Under 40 award to honor advances in the digital space. Her other hobbies include coffee-ing, running, and playing with Brooklyn (an adorable Shih Tsu).

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