The Age of Female Computers

Interesting review of When Computers Were Human by David Alan Grier. Not just about how male science has used female workers, but those are the bits most likely to grab your attention:

In the history of computing, the humbler levels of scientific work were open, even welcoming, to women. Indeed, by the early twentieth century computing was thought of as women’s work and computers were assumed to be female. Respected mathematicians would blithely approximate the problem-solving horsepower of computing machines in “girl-years” and describe a unit of machine labor as equal to one “kilo-girl.”


One Response to “The Age of Female Computers”

  1. chance Says:

    At my first intern job in college I used to work for a guy who’d married his computer (or one of, anyway) for his ph.d. thesis.

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