Most folks have heard of “Rosie the Riveter” but few know about a group of female math graduates who contributed an intellectual weapon to help win World War II. Six women mathematicians tell how they put their math skills to work solving complex artillery problems using the tools of the day. And when the electronic computer came along, these women were tapped to be its first programmers. The captivating film, Top Secret Rosies, is available to borrow from WGBY’s Video Lending Library service. Check it out, ID# 2058, through the Lending Library website today. We distribute our tapes to most locations within western Massachusetts through the Western Massachusetts Regional Library Delivery Service, who either drops off the borrowed tapes at your school or a school library or public library close to you.
Top Secret Rosies is our feature in celebration of Women’s History Month. The Library of Congress has a great selection of classroom resources for teaching about influential women in American history–including military veterans, musicians, and a former First Lady.