March has finally arrived and you know what that means: it’s Women’s History Month. For the next few weeks, we’re going to recognize the women who have come before us, the women we live and work beside today, the women who will soon be shaping our world. For Women’s History Month 2020, we want to celebrate hidden women, those women from history who have innovated, broken through glass ceilings, and made our lives better — all without us ever really knowing about their work.
In this spirit, we’re looking at women whose stories are so important that they deserve to be made into movies. It’s not unusual for hidden women’s lives to get made into films. Just look at recent releases like Loving, Hidden Figures, The Post or The Favourite, all of which centered around women whose stories were not known to a wider audience or deserved to be explored on a deeper level through the power of film. Why not spotlight a new group of hidden women whose lives feel movie-worthy?
So, let’s take a look at a handful of the intriguing women whose lives and work have helped shape our culture and the modern world — from Mae Jemison, the first black woman to go to space, to Hedy Lamarr, the Hollywood actress who helped create what we know to be WiFi. All month long, we’ll be celebrating these incredible women who took on new adventures and broke new ground — and whose stories have since fallen through the cracks.
A version of this article was originally published in March 2017.