Unsung Women Genius

In December 2021, hundreds of you shared with us the women who inspire you. We heard about the family members, friends, teachers, mentors, and Inductees who have lifted and celebrated you throughout your life.   

Now imagine you never met or learned about these women? 

This Black History Month, the National Women’s Hall of Fame is sharing the stories of Unsung Women Geniuses: Black women whose genius you might not know about, but whose legacies affect each of us every day. 

We’ll wrap up the month with the Unsung Women Genius Summit, a two-hour educational event for teachers and parents. Sandra Rattley, Executive Producer of the seminal documentary project UNLADYLIKE2020, will moderate this educational, and inspirational event that will provide teachers and parents access to educational resources and support that they need to make sure unsung women are taught in the classroom and included in the history books.

This Summit will spotlight the formerly unsung genius, and 2021 Inductee, Katherine Johnson. NASA mathematician, pioneer in racial and gender equality, and contributor to one of our nation’s first triumphs in human spaceflight, Katherine Johnson is remembered as one of America’s most inspirational figures; however, her story was not always widely known. It wasn’t until 2015, when President Barack Obama awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom that Katherine Johnson began receiving the praise and accolades she rightly deserved. In 2016, Johnson’s legacy rocketed into the public spotlight when she was portrayed by actor Taraji P. Henson as the lead character in the critically acclaimed film Hidden Figures. During the Summit, we will hear from Katherine Johnson’s daughters, Katherine Moore, and Joylette Hylick, who will answer the question, “what is the cost of not including women in history on a personal level, and how does this impact society at large?” 



Join us on social media @womenofthehall to learn more and stay connected! 


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