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Top Secret Rosies, female programmers of WWII

During WWII, more than 2.2 million women were working in war industries. The factory workers were dubbed "Rosie the Riveter," which was paired with that iconic image of the strong-armed working woman. But women--including the six original programmers of the ENIAC--were also recruited to be "computers" (programmers) and do ballistic calculations. The programming was done so in secret, so they were not known or adored by the public. The first job for the six women was programming a trigger for the atomic bomb. 


By Lyndsey Gilpin

Lyndsey Gilpin is a former Staff Writer for TechRepublic, covering sustainability and entrepreneurship. She's co-author of the book Follow the Geeks.