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The First Computers Were Human (and Mostly Women)

She wanted to be a human computer.

And more than ever, these female computers were integral to the war effort

This machine was called ENIAC.

But that didn’t mean she was out of a job.

And the people best suited to program a digital computer were the human computers.

A whole new war was just beginning.

Her team’s role in the creation of ENIAC was largely ignored.

This gender gap has negative consequences on the US economy as well.

Today our computers are largely invisible, hidden within our cars, TVs, and our pockets.

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