But the movie had more for me than a story about positive movement for women and racial attitudes. Al Harrison the boss of the space programme was having huge pressure on him to get a man into space. I strongly suspect that it was the pressure as much as any goodwill he had, that caused him to notice Katherine, the human computer, and thus to break down the barriers to her role as a "coloured woman".
None of us like it when we are under the hammer. Often it's the hard times we face that will let us see - or at least respond to - the hand of the living God and the places He wants to take us. Those are the times we will be lifted into realms we never thought possible. And yes that theme is in the movie too ("Look past the figures").