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Mayor & Mom, Ivy Taylor: Hidden Figures

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San Antonio Mayor and Mom, Ivy Taylor: Hidden Figures

At the beginning of the new year we made a rare outing as a family to watch a movie. Usually Rodney and I see movies together on date nights or I take Morgan to see something Rodney couldn’t sit through. The movie that got us all on the same page was “Hidden Figures.” It is the story of three unsung heroes, black women who worked for NASA in the 1950s, who helped make space exploration possible. These women did the computing before we had modern day computers. They were all extremely intelligent and skilled in higher math functions.

Every day, Morgan watches me as a woman do my best to be successful in a “non-traditional” job. But I am so glad she had the opportunity to see women who paved the way for me. In addition, the film captured the inhumanity of racial discrimination in a way that touched me. And believe me, I have already watched a whole lot of films about that period in American history.

The beginning of each year is the perfect time to think about progress our nation is making on issues of access and equality with the Martin Luther King holiday and then Black History Month in February. Over Christmas break, we also, as a family, watched the groundbreaking PBS documentary series, “Eyes on the Prize” so Morgan had some context on the Civil Rights Movement as she watched “Hidden Figures.”

I think every young girl should see the story of these brilliant women who, in spite of the times, used their talents to advance a critical national interest. And surprisingly, a few weeks after seeing the movie, when someone asked Morgan about her personal talents, she answered, “I am good at math.” Yes!!!


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