US2 Watchers Guide

The following questions can be used as you watch through the movie to reflect on where your own personal biases about gender can influence decisions made in your workplace and what you can do to prevent those biases from becoming explicit and impacting others.

  • How did the characters of Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson face sexism and discrimination in the workplace?
  • What impact did the gender-based limitations and biases have on the careers and opportunities of the female characters?
  • How did the characters respond to the sexist attitudes and behaviors they encountered in the workplace?
  • How did the film address the issue of the “glass ceiling” and the barriers faced by women in male-dominated fields?
  • What was the significance of the “colored only” and “whites only” signs in the film and what message did they convey about the state of race relations and gender equality at the time?
  • How did the film demonstrate the challenges faced by women of color in a predominantly white and male workplace?
  • How did the film highlight the impact of intersectionality on the experiences of African American women in the workplace?
  • How did the film showcase the power of solidarity and collaboration among women to overcome sexist attitudes and biases?
  • What message does the film convey about the importance of challenging and dismantling sexist attitudes and practices in the workplace?
  • How does the film inspire us to work towards creating a more inclusive and equitable workplace for all genders and races?
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