Monday, February 25, 2019
NASA has always been adept in sparking publicity and PR for its mission and for space. This is another example. Naming a facility after a female African-American mathematician who was vital to the early manned space flights is a recognition both of its past and its progress in race relations. NASA started out segregated with black female computers separated from white female calculators. As the movie "Hidden Figures" revealed, it took changes within the agency for black women to be recognized. But, to the agency's credit, they were over time even though NASA remained a bastion of white male engineers. It is great PR for the agency to recognize one of its own this way, but it needs along with the rest of the government to continue working on diversity.