The story chronicled in the film “Hidden Figures” is beyond marvelous. Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monáe put on riveting performances, which created a tidal wave of inspiration.
According to Good Black News and a number of other digital media sources, requests from U.S. embassies across the world for screenings of the movie skyrocketed after its release. These requests were being phoned in straight to the offices of the U.S. State Department.
The U.S. government’s foreign ministry apparatus has apparently answered the bell. To date, around 80 different cities across the globe have sponsored screenings of “Hidden Figures” at U.S. embassies located on nearly every continent. No one predicted that this film would have such a powerful global impact.
However, the inside decision-makers at the U.S. State Department were not through yet. The outpour of intrigue about the “Hidden Figures” film, which came from all those foreign nations created the atmosphere for an ambitious endeavor that seeks to help better educate women who come from nations all over the world.
A U.S. State Department initiative called #HiddenNoMore has been created to attract 50 women to U.S. schools from 50 separate nations globally who study the STEM fields in their native countries. The women who are chosen for the #HiddenNoMore program will be able to travel to Washington D.C. in October of this year.
The #HiddenNoMore participants will primarily consist of women of color. After they are welcomed in Washington D.C., the women will meet for three weeks with other organizations (such as the Girl Scouts of America) at other U.S. locations before landing in Los Angeles where they will attend a two-day summit.
When behemoth tech companies like Google can internally circulate a 10-page anti-diversity memo, which lambastes women and it goes unchecked, it is good to know that the U.S. government is providing a way to prove to the predominantly white male chauvinists leading Google that they are wrong.