Hidden Figures

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Leadership. A quality held by someone in a group to positively influence the members to achieve goals they are heading towards. The movie Hidden Figures, based on the best-selling novel titled Hidden Figures:The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Who Helped Win the Space Race, presents three adept African American mathematicians: Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughn, and Mary Jackson. These three were the iconic women worked at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, also known to others as NASA, to successfully launch the first American into space. Their leadership skills makes it an honor to write about the remarkable women, unfortunately, I have to write about just one leader. As Katherine Goble (who later on…show more content…
Despite the hostility she faces, Katherine obeys orders by her superiors while still finding a way to break the glass ceiling as a black woman at the time. The institute did not have a restroom for ‘colored people’ due to discrimination and segregation during that time period. Katherine had no choice but to trek in a knee length pencil skirt, heels and her assignments all the way to timbuktu in order to release herself. One day, Al Harrison becomes fed up of her disappearance for long periods of time because he assumed she was not focused on her work. He calls her out on her ‘poor work ethics’ and outright embarrasses her in front of everyone in that room. However, rather than recoil into a shell out of fear, she boldly speaks out, “there is no bathroom for me here,” reminding the audience about the shameful part of American history. A true leader is not intimidated by others. She respectfully asserted the inconveniences and grievances she goes through everyday but still manage to complete her work. Treating everyone with respect no matter how difficult it might be is a characteristic many leaders strive to achieve. Moreover, another leadership trait displayed by Katherine is her fearless stance against what she believed. As a result of her courage, Al took action by using a crowbar to wreck the colored bathroom signs and says, “Here at NASA, we all pee the same
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