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D.C. Council votes unanimously for street to honor 'Hidden Figures' scientists

FILE - In this Feb. 26, 2017, file photo, Katherine Johnson, the inspiration for the film, "Hidden Figures," poses in the press room at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Johnson, the NASA mathematician whose calculations helped bring Apollo astronauts back to Earth, is being honored at her alma mater with a bronze statue and a scholarship in her time. West Virginia State University says a dedication ceremony is planned for Aug. 25, 2018, the day before Johnson’s 100th birthday. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

The three women depicted in the movie Hidden Figures could soon be honored right outside the headquarters of NASA.

A bill that passed the city council unanimously on Tuesday would rename the 300 block of E Street, Southwest, where NASA's Washington offices are located. The street would become "Hidden Figures Way" in an effort "to honor the historic women scientists and mathematicians who contributed to NASA's mission despite adversity."

Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary W. Jackson were black women who worked as mathematicians at NASA throughout the Space Race, and contributed to the scientific work that put the first American into space. They each spent decades working for the agency.

The story of their work, and their struggles against discrimination, was told in the Oscar-nominated movie that the street would be named after.

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