In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, actress Taraji P. Henson spoke passionately about the importance of women working together, citing the accomplishments of the lead characters in her upcoming film Hidden Figures.
It’s the untold story of mathematician Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson) and her two colleagues, Dorothy Vaughn (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe). The team of African American women were ‘the brains behind’ astronaught John Glenn’s launch into orbit in 1969 after they calculated flight trajectories.
“I think what’s the most beautiful element of this film is that we’re talking about a time where it actually was only one job for that one special minority,” Taraji said. “But what you will see in this film is that you see women come together and support each other. Not cat, claw, fight, hate on each other for one role. But when you embrace each other and you stick together, look what these women were able to accomplish.
“They would not have been able to accomplish that if Mary hated on anybody in her office. If Mary got in her ego and said, “Well I wanted that job”, knowing Katherine was the only mind to do it – if she hated on Katherine, would we be in space?
“Women gotta understand, we work better together. The power in women sticking together – we will change the world, we will, and until we get that, we’re going nowhere.”
Watch what Taraji had to say below. Hidden Figures will be released in January 2017. LLY