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Slideshow: Women’s history month film series kicks off with ‘Hidden Figures’

By Damon Mackin, Photographer

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The Gender and Women’s Studies and Film Studies departments teamed up to provide a free screening of the critically acclaimed movie, “Hidden Figures,” on Tuesday in Stimpson Auditorium in Halpin Harrison Hall. This was the first screening of a three-part series celebrating women’s history month.

“Hidden Figures” highlights the life story of Katherine Johnson, Mary Jackson, and Dorothy Vaughn, three African-American mathematicians who served a critical role in some of the space programs that were launched during the era of segregation.

Women’s history month can be traced back to the first International Women’s Day in 1911, which soon turned into a month-long celebration highlighting the many contributions of women around the world. It is celebrated in Canada, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Australia.

Other films in the series include “Things to Come,” which will be shown on Tuesday, March 21, and “20th Century Women,” set to be screened on Tuesday, March 28.

For more information about the film series, contact Petra Schweitzer or Gina Daddario.

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