Hidden Figures was one of the highest grossing films of 2016, ahead of blockbuster films including La La Land, Star Trek Beyond and X-Men: Apocalypse. Directed by Theodore Melfi and starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monae as the black women behind the NASA space program that eventually sent a man to space,Hidden Figures showcased that there are black women who are just as smart as or even smarter than their white counterparts when it comes to math and science. So it’s fitting that the Academy Award-nominated film has inspired a new educational exchange program for women in STEM.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the movie is the first to ever inspire a publicly funded exchange program in the history of the U.S. State Department, which is sponsoring the program. Called ”#HiddenNoMore,” the program will reportedly bring 50 women working in math and science from 50 countries across Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America to convene in the United States.
The State Department was inspired to launch the program after nearly 80 embassies across the world requested screenings of “Hidden Figures.” #HiddenNoMore, which will be run through the department’s International Visitor Leadership Program, will invite participants to spend three weeks discussing the importance of women in STEM at organizations across America.
Fox, which donated $400,000 to the program, will also host a two-day event in Los Angeles to close out the program.
“This movie has taken on a life of its own and sparked things we’ve never seen before,” Liba Rubenstein, head of social impact for 21st Century Fox, told The Hollywood Reporter.
“From a social impact perspective, the enduring relevance of this film means there has been no end to the demand for partnerships.”