Monday, April 5, 2010

Top Secret Rosies

Think women can't do math? Think again!

Last week I had to opportunity to attend a talk on an upcoming documentary being made by a professor at my university entitled, Top Secret Rosies: The Female Computers of WWII.

Until recently, little to nothing was publicly known about the hundreds of female mathematicians who were recruited out of high schools and colleges all over the US at the beginning of the US's involvement in World War II to be human computers (computers hadn't been invented yet!) and calculate formulas for different types of weapons in different situations. Without these women, the soldiers would not have known how to ideally use their weapons in sand, in fog, in rain, in wind...

It was a really interesting talk, so check out the website and watch the trailer! Personally, I'm really excited for it to come out. The documentary demonstrates that not only do women have a history in the fields of math and science, but that women had an integral role in technological development in the last 60 years.

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