When "computers" were young, brilliant black women mathematicians


Originally published at: http://boingboing.net/2016/09/14/when-computers-were-young.html


While referring to a person as a “computer” may sound odd to our ears, remember that 100 years ago, the word “typewriter” referred to both the machine, and the person trained to operate it.


So here’s the thing. Not just black women. Just women.



That photo looks like the antithesis of the recent crop of GOP interns.


And then robots took their jobs.


Not really “lost” history, more like “ignored.”


But the other thing is when last I saw an article on BB about the early NASA computers and computer programmers who are women, it was just white women. If I go back to that article’s comments, am I going to see your complaint about its one-sidedness?


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