Top Secret Rosies: The Female Computers of WWII DVD

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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 ... More
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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.

Top Secret Rosies is the as-yet-untold story of women and technology that helped win a war and usher in the modern computer age. This is the chronicle of four very different women who worked as human computers at the University of Pennsylvania from 1942-1946. Capturing the opportunities and exhilaration of the times and exploring the moral dilemmas inherent in their work, Top Secret Rosies follows their efforts as they labored night and day to create the mathematical computations that made every Allied bomb and bullet more deadly.

Bonus Feature - Meet the documentary subjects in the film's trailer.

Producer: LeAnn Erickson
Production Year: 2010
Director: LeAnn Erickson
Narrator: LeAnn Erickson
Discs: 1
Subtitle Language: English (SDH)
Audio Format: Stereo
Aspect Ratio: 16x9 Widescreen

9 Reviews
\Rosie\ T.
Anonymous User
5.0 star rating
11/11/20
True Patriotic Ladies - Thank You!
Review by \Rosie\ T. on 11/11/20 review stating True Patriotic Ladies - Thank You!
I am crushed and disappointed that these ladies didnt receive the well deserved recognition they had earned during the pinnacles of their careers, but also that I didnt learn this in elementary school when I was learning about Pearl Harbor Hiroshima, in the 80s. This is an extremely important part of our history, The United States of America, and for pioneering women. (My great aunts were WAVES.) They are true patriotic LADIES because they remained true to their classified work, yet never sought recognition. Today we lack the class that all those courageous spirits had back then. How can we step it up? What else dont we know?
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Shirl
Anonymous User
2.0 star rating
07/17/20
Part of WWII history never talked about
Review by Shirl on 07/17/20 review stating Part of WWII history never talked about
Was surprised and pleased to learn about these ladies role in the war effort but the storytelling was somewhat dull and tedious.
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Avhollie
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
take that men
Review by Avhollie on 07/17/20 review stating take that men
as always, history that needs to be taught
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Jamdice
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
Inspiring, Important, Virtually Unknown
Review by Jamdice on 07/17/20 review stating Inspiring, Important, Virtually Unknown
The Greatest Generation have so many stories to tell. Here you will learn about a program critical to the success of WWII, told eloquently by a documentary filmmaker who knows her stuff. Beautifully researched and presented. A MUST SEE!
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Paul G.
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4.0 star rating
07/17/20
Great History Revealed
Review by Paul G. on 07/17/20 review stating Great History Revealed
Things hinted at over the years are finally brought to life by this documentary. Makes you wonder what things the mass media are suppressing these days.
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Al
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
Top Secret Rosies Thanks Ladies
Review by Al on 07/17/20 review stating Top Secret Rosies Thanks Ladies
I knew one of these women involved in this program. I finally understand all the bits and pieces she talked about but never went into any detail! Thanks for telling the story!
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Stephanie
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
Great History!
Review by Stephanie on 07/17/20 review stating Great History!
I am a female mathematician and mechanical engineer. Females think that they cant do these jobs better than men, so they dont try. Its nice to see that people are finally giving credit to women in technical fields so that more of us can feel worthy to make significant breakthroughs.
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Iowa U.
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
Must-see documentary
Review by Iowa U. on 07/17/20 review stating Must-see documentary
This is a great documentary which brings to light the experiences of 4 ordinary women who had mathematical talent, the education, and the I-can-do-it attitude which contributed extraordinarily to the war effort and to the development of electronic computers. LeAnn Erickson did a wonderful job of finding and editing never before shown archival material about the womens lives as well as wartime footage and early computers.
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Frh
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
FRH
Review by Frh on 07/17/20 review stating FRH
Great! Hight recommend it.


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