WASHINGTON (ABC7) — The three women depicted in the movie Hidden Figures could soon be honored right outside the headquarters of NASA.
A bill that passed the city council unanimously on Tuesday would rename the 300 block of E Street, Southwest, where NASA's Washington offices are located. The street would become "Hidden Figures Way" in an effort "to honor the historic women scientists and mathematicians who contributed to NASA's mission despite adversity."
Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary W. Jackson were black women who worked as mathematicians at NASA throughout the Space Race, and contributed to the scientific work that put the first American into space. They each spent decades working for the agency.
The story of their work, and their struggles against discrimination, was told in the Oscar-nominated movie that the street would be named after.