|Katherine G. Johnson with the cast of Hidden Figures|
While a wartime Executive Order had made discrimination in the defence industry illegal, a combination of racism & misogyny meant Black women had few opportunities for advancement. Vaughan was working as a supervisor, but without the commensurate pay. Jackson wasn't an engineer because every time she qualified for the program, the requirements shifted. And Johnson repeatedly has her work claimed by Paul "computers don't author reports" Stafford (Jim Parsons, who makes a habit of playing characters that need to be stuffed in a locker).
Although there are of course liberties taken in this retelling, I don't feel that re-imagining some events in a slightly different timeframe really detracted from the story being told, although I could have done with a bit less of saviour Al Harrison (Kevin Costner) and his 'we all