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Hidden Figures Way: Street in front of NASA headquarters renamed for pioneers


NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine, left, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson, and Margot Lee Shetterly, author of the book "Hidden Figures," unveil the "Hidden Figures Way" street sign at a dedication ceremony, Wednesday, June 12, 2019, at NASA headquarters in Washington, D.C.


The designation honors Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson and all women who have dedicated their lives to contributing to the space program of the United States.


The 300 block of E Street SW on Wednesday was officially renamed “Hidden Figures Way” to honor women who, in the words of NASA's current administrator, “at the time were not celebrated.”


Both focus on the lives of three African American women – Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson – who overcame racial and gender discrimination and “were essential to the success of early spaceflight.”


Cruz was present for the unveiling, along with NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine, Shetterly and D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson.


“Naming this street Hidden Figures Way serves to remind us, and everyone who walks here, who comes to this building, of the standard that was set by these women, with their commitment to science and their embodiment of the values of equality, justice and humanity,” Shetterly said during the ceremony.






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