NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Several local organizations came together with a mission to empower girls in our area.
Nearly 700 young ladies ranging from 5th to 12th grade were at Regal Cinemas in North Charleston for the free viewing event of the new movie Hidden Figures.
The event was made possible by community sponsors.
For many, Hidden Figures is more than a movie.
Ki'Ara Watts is a 6th grader who attended the event.
"It's really cool to see this movie to see what women can become if they try hard," Watts said.
It's empowering young girls to be what they want to be despite obstacles that may come along.
"When the men doubted Catherine she never gave up," Watts said.
The movie is about three black women mathematicians and an engineer who played a pivotal role in launching NASA's first successful space mission in putting an American astronaut into orbit. They helped NASA win the Space Race.
Event organizer, Radia Heyward says the women were resilient and assertive.
Heyward says this event was a way to honor her late mother who was a proponent of higher education and women being assertive in STEM fields. Her mother was the only one of her 11 siblings to graduate from college.