In commemoration of Amelia Earhart, great aviation pioneer and the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic, the Zonta Club of Frankfurt II Rhein-Main, Germany, in cooperation with the U.S. Consulate General in Frankfurt and 20th Century Fox, staged a preview of Hidden Figures on 12 Jan.
The film, which is set to premiere on 2 February in Germany, tells the story of three African-American scientists
Dorothy Vaughan, Katherine Johnson and Mary Jackson—who in 1961 provided important mathematical data needed to launch NASA's first successful space missions.
After the film, there was a panel that discussed the reasons why women's contributions in various scientific fields have so often been “hidden” or forgotten.
More than 460 people came to the theater to watch the film that is not only highly entertaining, but will also inspire many to look for more “hidden” figures in their own lives. The audience's generous donations of about 2,000 € (US2,161) will go to the Zonta International Amelia Earhart Fellowship Program.
(Pictured, from left: Anita Swoboda; Janina Dicke, 20th Century Fox; Carrie Lee, U.S. Consulate; Katrin Lowitz, Zonta Club of Frankfurt II; U.S. Consul James Hermann; Julia Bommer, Zonta Club of Frankfurt II)