Guests of the Week (11/4)
Mimi Valdes, Hidden Figures; Christina Deoja, NASA; and Dr. Jeanette Epps, NASA
Congratulations Jeanette, Christina and Mimi! You are theCUBE Guests of the Week.
In December, a movie called Hidden Figures will be hitting the theaters. The story is about an unknown team of three African-American women who were actively working at NASA to support the Friendship 7 mission in 1962 with critical mathematical calculations that launched America’s first person, John Glenn into orbit.
This movie is coming out 55 years after President John F. Kennedy showed his support for programs that were essential to this story. In 1961, Kennedy formed the President’s Commission on the Status of Women to explore equal rights for women in the workplace. He tasked the Commission to develop “recommendations for services which will enable women to continue their role as wives and mothers while making a maximum contribution to the world around them.”
Then, on May 25, 1962, he asked Congress for additional funding for the space program and a commitment to “landing a man on the moon before the decade is out.”
Dr. Jeanette Epps, astronaut at NASA’s Johnson Space Center; Christina Deoja, electrical engineer at NASA; and Mimi Valdes (@MimiValdes), executive producer at Hidden Figures, were all in attendence at the recent Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing. While there, they spoke to Rebecca Knight, host of theCUBE, from the SiliconANGLE Media team, to talk about their roles in the NASA Mars program and what it’s like being role models. Epps, Deoja and Valdes are theCUBE’s Guests of the Week.
Follow Jeanette (@) and Mimi (@MimiValdes) on Twitter and Christina on LinkedIn, and check out all of our coverage from the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing.