The streets outside Nasa's headquarters are named "Hidden Methods of Way", in honor of the three African-American women whose work has helped prepare the way for future generations in the agency's space .
in the title of a book and movie about the life of Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson.
They made a huge contribution to the space flight in the 1960's.
But their successes and struggles have not been extensively for decades
- How computers take on first black women  "The & # 39; Hidden Knowledge & # 39; is about getting our blinders and recognizing the contributions of people who are invisible at the beginning of the story," Margot Lee Clearly, wrote the book 2016 inspired the nominated movie Oscar, told the audience gathered in Washington.
"And patience and courage have saved us from where we are today."
Shetterly attended the unvei
Republican Senator Ted Cruz, wearing a bill to change the name of the block, hopes that the name will inspire the next generation.
"When girls and boys come to see NASA, they are going to look and see that sign," she says.
"This sign is a powerful testament that anyone saying a little girl or a boy & # 39; You can not do something & # 39 ;, does not tell the truth."
NASA began recruiting some studying American American American colleges in the 1940's as "human computers", but they experienced both racial and gender discrimination at work.
Renaming the road leads the 50th anniversary of the first month by NASA's astronauts on July 20.
It has recently been announced that it will send Americans back to the moon by 2024, including the first woman walking over it.
Less than 11% of the 500-plus people who traveled in space were women, said the space agency.