Review: Hidden Figures Exposes Social Cost of Prejudice

Economists have long argued that prejudice exacts penalties and costs on people who discriminate. A powerful example of this effect is found front and center in the justifiably acclaimed movie Hidden Figures. The film depicts the struggles and eventual triumph of women serving as “computers” for the National Aeronautic and Space Administration (NASA) in the early 1960s, when segregation still ruled in law and racial prejudice was the cultural norm, particularly the South. As the nation raced to put an American into orbit, NASA employed dozens of the nation’s top white engineers to play catch up with the Soviet Union.

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