Washington votes to rename street outside NASA headquarters ‘Hidden Figures Way’

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A street outside of the NASA headquarters could soon be named after the historic black women scientists and mathematicians who were depicted in the 2016 film “Hidden Figures.”

The D.C. Council voted unanimously on Tuesday to approve a bill that would ceremonially designate the street as “Hidden Figures Way.” 

The symbolic act would honor Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary W. Jackson, for their scientific contributions to the space agency in the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s.

{mosads}The bill, also known as “Hidden Figures Way Designation Act of 2018,” states that the new sign would be installed on the 300 block of E Street SW to “honor the historic women scientist and mathematicians who contributed to NASA’s mission despite adversity.” 

D.C. Council chairman Phil Mendelson first introduced the bill in September before it gained preliminary approval by the council this week, a local NBC affiliate reports.

The act will reportedly be reviewed for a second time before the council gives it a final vote in several weeks. Democratic Mayor Muriel Bowser would then receive the legislation for signing.


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