Winter Film Series: Top Secret Rosies

March 11 2017 | 3:00pm to March 12 2017 | 5:55pm

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. “Top Secret Rosies” is the story of women
and technology that helped win a war and usher in the modern computer age told through four very different women who worked as human computers at the University of Pennsylvania from 1942-1946.

Shown at the Detroit Historical Museum. Running time: 60 minutes. Admission is FREE.

* This film will also be shown during the March 25 “Women Who Empower” event!