Not many people know how Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson helped develop the NASA space program. “As a storyteller, I’m always looking for new, interesting different stories that haven’t been told before,” said Mimi Valdes, executive producer of the film Hidden Figures, who spoke during a panel at this year’s Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC). “How did we not know these women were intricate in America winning the space race?”
Now, the story of these revolutionary African American women is finally being brought to the big screen. “It’s really awesome when Hollywood can tell different kinds of stories and our responsibility is to make sure that diversity exists and all kinds of different stories get told,” Valdes said.