Washington, D.C. – Mary W. Jackson was an engineer portrayed in the 2016 biopic film “Hidden Figures,” about three Black women that became NASA’s first Black women to become engineers for the agency and never recognized for their work.
As of Wednesday, NASA Administrator, Jim Bridenstine, has announced that the agency will be renaming their headquarters in Washington, D.C, after Jackson.
📍 Welcome to the Mary W. Jackson NASA Headquarters building— NASA (@NASA) June 25, 2020
Today, Administrator @JimBridenstine announced that we’re naming our headquarters building in Washington, DC after our first African-American female engineer: https://t.co/znX2jXklRh
Bridenstine said additionally, “Hidden no more. We will continue to recognize the contributions of women, African Americans, and people of all backgrounds who have made NASA’s successful history of exploration possible.”
The film Hidden Figures starred, Taraji P. Henson, as Katherine Johnson, and Janelle Monae portraying Jackson. The film was an adaptation to the book by Margot Lee Shetterley called, “Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race.”