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Finding Inspiration and Empowerment in Those Who Came Before

April 25, 2016

What power and inspiration can be gained from learning more about those who came before us!  This applies to Christian feminism, it applies to science, and so much more.

Today’s link was suggested by member Diane Steelsmith.

“In 1946 six brilliant young women programmed the first all-electronic, programmable computer, the ENIAC, a project run by the U.S. Army in Philadelphia as part of a secret World War II project. They learned to program without programming languages or tools (for none existed)—only logical diagrams. By the time they were finished, ENIAC ran a ballistics trajectory—a differential calculus equation—in seconds! Yet when the ENIAC was unveiled to the press and the public in 1946, the women were never introduced; they remained invisible.

“The ENIAC Programmers Project has been devoted for nearly two decades to researching their work, recording their stories, and seeking honors for the ENIAC Six—the great women of ENIAC.”

Visit the ENIAC Project website here.  For a real treat, dish out the $5 fee to stream the short documentary film (on Vimeo) made about these remarkable women.

 

posted by Marg Herder

 

 

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