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Arts & Entertainment - January 6, 2017

Making space

New film explores the 'Hidden Figures' behind the space race

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"Women's work," happily, is a term that has fallen out of fashion in America, and we're all at least vaguely aware of the historical and cultural steps along the way to more progressive workplaces, including the mobilization of a domestic female workforce during WWII. The new based-on-a-true-story drama "Hidden Figures" lives up to its name by promoting a lesser-known historical touchstone of women who made themselves utterly indispensable in a highly competitive workplace, through their keen intelligence and commitment to continuing education. That workplace was Langley Research Center, working on behalf of NASA, circa 1961.

Adapted by Allison Schroeder and director Theodore Melfi from Margot Lee Shetterly's book, "Hidden Figures" focuses on an extraordinary trio of African-American women working in a tensely segregated workplace: Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer), and Mary Jackson (Janelle Mon

— Peter Canavese

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