Yesterday, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Administrator Jim Bridenstine announced that the NASA headquarters building in Washington, DC, would be renamed after Mary W. Jackson, the Agency’s first African American female engineer. In 2019, Ms. Jackson was posthumously awarded the Congressional Gold Medal along with Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, Christine Darden, and all of the women computers, mathematicians, and engineers at NASA and NACA from the 1930s to the 1970s.
Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX)made the following statement.
“I was pleased to hear that today NASA announced that the Agency’s headquarters building will be named for Mary W. Jackson. Mary Jackson was a dedicated public servant and barrier breaker, and I am proud that Congress awarded a Congressional Gold Medal to her and all her “Hidden Figures” colleagues just a few months ago. Today’s announcement is a step forward in embracing and recognizing the true diversity of all of NASA’s talent. May the memory of Mary Jackson inspire the next generation of young women of color to follow their passions and persevere in the fight for equal representation and opportunities.”