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Women’s History Month: Ask Questions

*this post contains spoilers*

“The women did what they were told to do. They didn’t ask questions or take the task any further. I asked questions; I wanted to know why.”

-Katherine Johnson

So a few of my fellow blogger babes decided to write about women who inspire us in honor of Women’s History Month. So of course it would be cliché of me to talk about the real life “Hidden Figures” star Katherine Johnson.

Going to see this movie was unplanned. I was going to wait a while to watch it in the comfort of my own home with my feet up, phone in one hand, Ipad in the other and walking in and out of rooms catching scenes because that’s how I watch movies at home, but I digress.

Admittedly, my friend and I missed the first 10 minutes of the movie but, when I saw the other 117 minutes of the movie I felt so empowered. I was proud to see a game-changing African-American woman on screen that played a major role in NASA‘s success.

As a woman, well not only as woman but, as African-American woman we face adversities on a daily basis. While many may not want to believe it, when you’re a women the odds are already stacked against you, especially when you are walking into a male dominated field. Throw in being an African American Women in the equation. Need I say more or do you get where I’m going with this? Often times, we aren’t taken seriously but Katherine Johnson fought against the odds.

One of the most important things I got out of seeing her character played out on screen is that we as women are often overlooked. We are told many times not to ask questions. Many times directions are given and we just follow them. Katherine Johnson was in a woman who didn’t just follow directions, she asked questions. I’ve been at jobs where I’ve been told, “Hey you should do ‘this,'” with no explanation given to me as to why I should do “this” or what “this”. Well one day being told to do “this” by a manager got me fired from a job. Needless to say, I ask questions without apprehension all of the time.

While Katherine Johnson possesses scads of accomplishments and accolades, her words are a reminder that we should always ask questions without apprehension.

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