Study finds media coverage focused on NASA mathematician’s achievements, but treated discrimination as past problem

Without Katherine Johnson, NASA would not have landed a man on the moon. The 2016 film “Hidden Figures” told Johnson’s story as a brilliant mathematician, a trailblazer who overcame racism and sexism to succeed at NASA in the 1950s and ’60s. That monumental career was again examined in the media following her death in 2020.

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