“It’s an embarrassment that these women were omitted from the annals of history,” Octavia Spencer said Products in this story are independently selected and featured editorially. If you make a purchase using these links we may earn commission. Advertisement When the cast of Hidden Figures took home the 2017 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture on Sunday, Taraji P. Henson thanked the three women who inspired the film . "We stand on the shoulders of three American heroes," Henson said. "Without them we would not be able to reach the stars." Get push notifications with news, features and more. + Follow Following You’ll get the latest updates on this topic in your browser notifications. The credit for these women is long overdue. Katherine Johnson, Mary Jackson and Dorothy Vaughan were African-American mathematicians who played an integral part in NASA's space-race successes — but their collective contribution was largely left out of the history books. Henson, along with her costars Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monáe , have now brought the inspiring story to the public eye with their acclaimed performances as the groundbreaking trio. Kevork Djansezian/WireImage Credit: Kevork Djansezian/WireImage Known as the "computers… Read full this story
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