However, many online were quick to rebuke the effort, currently titled
Mercury 13, due to its striking similarities to Hidden Figures -- the Oscar-nominated film highlighting the success of black women's contributions to NASA's Project Mercury.
@vulture What is it about white women that cause them to go so out of their way to center themselves? Write that thinkpiece, WW.
— Honey Badger Badass (@honestyredacted) February 9, 2017
@vulture Hmm.. will it be called "White Women Did Great Things Too"?? 😒 It's too early for this level of beckery.
— Out Rae Geous (@_TheOpinion) February 9, 2017
@vulture "Jessica Chastain stars in 'Concealed Characters', Vulture calls it 'A powerful piece on the strength of women, breathtaking!'"
— Not My President (@ErrareAngelus) February 9, 2017
One of the most prominent critics of this announcement was writer
Morgan Jerkins, who cited the very real problem of the white women who feel "left out" of certain conversations and try to recenter them around themselves. You know, despite the fact that the vast majority of feminist media narratives focus almost exclusively on white women.
When Black women do something extraordinary, someone always has to ask, "Well what about white women?" As if we forgot that they exist. — Morgan Jerkins (@MorganJerkins) February 9, 2017