Teen hopes to inspire girls by raising funds for them to see 'Hidden Figures'

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A Jacksonville teenager is raising funds to take a group of girls to see the movie “Hidden Figures.”

Taylor Richardson, a student at The Bolles School, traveled to Washington, D.C., to see a special screening of the movie, at the White House hosted by Michelle Obama, which gave her the idea.

"Hidden Figures" is about a group of African-American women working at NASA. The three main characters serve as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of John Glenn into orbit.

The movie tells the story of Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe), brilliant African-American women who worked at NASA. The three women crossed all gender and race lines in their accomplishments.

Richardson, after seeing the movie, was moved to launch a GoFundMe account with a goal of raising $2600. She has raised more than $10,000 in just 16 days.

Richardson has an affinity for science, technology, engineering and mathematics or STEM, and aspires to be an astronaut. Richardson said that math and science are important and that girls should know about STEM.

Richardson hopes that after seeing the movie, young girls will be inspired to consider STEM career paths.

Alicia Somers, vice president of Regions Bank, joined forces with community members Wan Allen and the Mo Williams Foundation to contribute to help see Richardson’s efforts succeed.

Somers said (Regions) “loves to make a difference in the lives of the people of our community. That's our mission, is to make life better, and that's using expertise and time and resources to make life better.”

Richardson and the girls will see the movie Saturday at AMC Regency.