Taraji P. Henson Shuts Down Sexism In 'Hidden Figures' Clip

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Henson, who plays mathematician Katherine Johnson in the upcoming film, perfectly shuts down a man who assumes that women couldn't do the type of work Katherine does

Hidden Figures is one of this year's most anticipated releases and with its limited run right around the corner, fans are eager for a look at the film.

In this newly-released clip, Taraji P. Henson—who plays space scientist and mathematician Katherine Johnson—has to stop Mahershala Ali's Jim Johnson from putting his foot further into his mouth when he assumes that women couldn't do the type of work Katherine does. She runs through a laundry list of accomplishments and tasks that she completes everyday at NASA, before adding that the aeronautics and space program lets women work "not because we wear skirts, but because we wear glasses."

The scene is set up to introduce viewers to Jim, who later becomes Katherine's husband, and we see the beginning of their budding relationship.

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The film, which follows three women who enable the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, also stars Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monaé, who play Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson, respectively. It's been surrounded by Oscar buzz and the limited Christmas release is meant to give it a shot at a golden statue.

Following the limited release, Hidden Figures will drop nationwide January 6, 2017.

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