DC Votes To Rename NASA Headquarters ‘Hidden Figures Way’

Members of the D.C. Council unanimously voted on Tuesday to call a street outside of the NASA headquarters  Hidden Figures Way. The name honors Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary W. Jackson, who contributed to NASA’s scientific work in the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s.

NBC Washington reports —

The “Hidden Figures Way Designation Act of 2018” would put a new street sign on the 300 block of E Street SW. 

As Curbed reported in October, the symbolic act is aimed at highlighting the “historic women scientists and mathematicians who contributed to NASA’s mission despite adversity.”

The bill was introduced in September by D.C. Council chairman Phil Mendelson and the entire council before gaining preliminary approval on Tuesday. The legislation will be reviewed a second time before getting a final vote in two weeks. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) then would receive the bill for signing.

Mendelson honored the scientists at a hearing. 

“Despite facing segregation and adversity, these women computers played an integral role in the development of aeronautical and aerospace research during turning points in our nation’s history, including World War II and the development of the Space Task Force,” he said. 


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