Who is Janelle Monae playing in her upcoming film? Learn more about Mary Jackson:
We’re all super excited about the film Hidden Figures, featuring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monae in her first film role:
But who is Mary Jackson, the woman that Monae is portraying? She was one of the youngest African-American women hired at Langley to work for the NACA as a “computer.” That’s just part of her story though, she continued to work for NACA/NASA for over 30 years. She didn’t just rise through the ranks as a mathematician and engineer, but when she saw how minorities and women were being passed over for advancement, she took a pay cut and switched careers to change the face of the NASA’s engineering workforce as an Equal Opportunity Specialist.
You can learn all about Mary Jackson’s amazing contributions to NASA on today’s episode of Introductions Necessary.
And as a bonus, check out our previous episode on Katherine Johnson, who will be played by Taraji P. Henson.