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The Eniac Girls
February 27, 2008, 12:11 am
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Jennifer Light in “When Computers Were Women” in Technology and Culture 40:3 (1999): 455-483 mentions the ‘invisible girls’ responsible for the ENIAC computer. The job of computer programmer was originally classified as female clerical work. The history of women in computing, she also notes, was given short shrift, as official public account about ENIAC in the media neglected to mention ‘the girls’. Ballistics computing was thus feminized, but Post WWIIm it was … back to the kitchen!

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