By Marina Fang via https://www.huffingtonpost.com/
Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson and Christine Darden played integral roles in the success of NASA’s space program.
A bipartisan group of lawmakers introduced a bill Thursday that would award a Congressional Gold Medal to a trailblazing group of African-American women at NASA, whose largely undocumented contributions to the U.S. space program gained a wider awareness through the book and movie “Hidden Figures.”
The legislation honors Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson and Christine Darden, engineers and mathematicians who were among the first African-American leaders at NASA and played integral roles in the success of a number of major space missions.
Their stories were the subject of Margot Lee Shetterly’s book Hidden Figures, later adapted into a popular movie in 2016, starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and..