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  • confidence (n.) → confident, selfassured /əˈʃʊəd/ (adj.)
  • inspiring (adj.)
  • overcome difficulties (exp.)
  • determination (n.) → determined (adj.)
  • role model /ˈrəʊl ˈmɒdəl/ (n.)
  • scientific breakthrough (n.)
  • encourage / inspire /ɪnˈspaɪə/ (v.)
  • pay tribute to (v.)
  • set a milestone (v.)
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You are in charge of a movie from the selection below.

Look for information about it on the internet. When was it released? What is the plot?

Present the female scientist(s) in this movie.

How are women of science characterized in this movie?

Useful vocabulary: This movie is the real story of / based on true facts…
This is really insightful / thought-provoking...

Let's talk this out!

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Share your findings with your classmates and learn more about other movies presenting women scientists.

What do you think about them? Would you watch them?

Do you notice any evolution in the way women of science are depicted in films?

Your time to shine!


Select four movies from the list and create a digital wall entitled Inspiring women scientists in films. Present your wall, describing your chosen films. Each of you should speak, giving your reactions and recommendations.

▬ Movie / series selection ▬

  • Alien, by Ridley Scott, 1979.
  • Gorillas in the Mist, by Michael Apted, 1988.
  • Jurassic Park, by Steven Spielberg, 1993
  • Contact, by Robert Zemeckis, 1997.
  • Bones, produced by Hart Hanson and Barry Josephson, 2005.
  • The Big Bang Theory, by Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady, 2007.
  • Temple Grandin, by Mick Jackson, 2010.
  • Thor, by Kenneth Branagh, 2011.
  • Prometheus, by Ridley Scott, 2012.
  • Interstellar, by Christopher Nolan, 2014.
  • Scorpion, by Justin Lin, Nicholas Wootton, Nick Santora, Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, 2014.
  • Ghostbusters, by Paul Feig, 2016.

Over to you!

Interview a hidden figure who is actually a hero

Let’s use what you have learnt in and / or !

As a journalist, you must interview one of the women scientists who inspired the movie Hidden Figures. Ask them about their work, difficulties, solutions, challenges, accomplishments…

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