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Top secret Rosies [videorecording] : the female computers of World War II /
producer/director, LeAnn Erickson ; writer, Cynthia Baughman.
[United States] : PBS Distribution, c2010.
1 videodisc (57 min.) : sd., col. and b&w ; 4 3/4 in.
1608833321, 9781608833320
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[United States] : PBS Distribution, c2010.
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Videographers, Kevin Hachenberg ... [et al.] ; editor, LeAnn Erickson ; score, Patrick de Caumette ; narrator, LeAnn Erickson.
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Bonus feature: trailer.
Copyright held by LeAnn Erickson.
Originally produced as a documentary in 2010.
Documentary subjects: Jean Jennings Bartik, Joe Chapline, Marlyn Wescoff Meltzer, Shirley Blumberg Melvin, James 'Doug' Mickle, Doris Blumberg Polsky, Edward Sage.
"In 1942, a secret U.S. military program was launched to recruit women to the war effort. But unlike the efforts to recruit Rosie the Riveter to the factory, this clandestine search targeted female mathematicians who would become human 'computers' for the U.S. Army. From the bombing of Axis Europe to the assaults on Japanese strongholds, women worked around-the-clock six days a week, creating ballistics tables that proved crucial to Allied success. Rosie made the weapons, but the female computers made them accurate. When the first electronic computer (ENIAC) was developed to aid the Army's calculation efforts, six of these women were tapped to become its first programmers."--Container.
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English with optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing.
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DVD, widescreen, NTSC, region 1.
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In 1942 soon after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, a secret military program was launched to recruit female mathematicians who would become human 'computers' for the US military. Top Secret 'Rosies': The Female 'Computers' of WWII shares a story of the women and technology that helped win a war and usher in the modern computer age.

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