Wednesday, February 9, 2011

World War II's Top-Secret Rosies

In 1942, when computers were human and women were underestimated, a group of female mathematicians helped win a war and usher in the modern computer age. Sixty-five years later their story has finally been told.

On Sunday, December 7, the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor and changed the lives of many people forever. With Pearl Harbor suddenly drawing the US in to WWII, the Army launched a frantic national search for women mathematicians. The story of these women was classified at the time and has been kept secret ever since. Now a new documentary raises the veil of secrecy and describes their work. Scheduling is now underway for a year-long tour of the documentary Top Secret Rosies: The Female Computers of WWII.

The new documentary will be shown in public at several colleges and one computer museum. It will alo be shown on some PBS television stations, although not on all, and is even available for purchase on DVD. You can learn more at