Hidden Figures was a wonderful movie illustrating why young women and girls in high schools and college should be encouraged to pursue math and science. More Science Fiction movies, featuring women as lead and supporting characters, and biographies on women in science, especially women of color, should be produced to encourage young women to pursue STEM( science, math, engineering and technology). Also math and science lead to better paying jobs , which women, especially single mothers need to be able to support themselves better. In schools where there are academies girls are indirectly pushed away from STEM; in some academies. This needs to be changed and addressed by our local politicians.