march 23 - women in tech - Top Secret Rosies 3

From War To Innovation  :

The history of Women in tech

Week 3: Top Secret Rosies

During World War II, thousands of women were recruited to work in research laboratories and armament factories, replacing men who had gone to fight on the front lines. Among them were the “Rosies,” women who worked in the American defense industry to support the war effort. However, there was a category of “Rosies” even more unknown: the TOP SECRET ROSIES.



The Shadow Warriors

As scientists, engineers, mathematicians, and more, the Top Secret Rosies worked on highly classified military projects, such as the design of atomic bombs and the decryption of enemy codes.

Their work was so secret that they couldn’t even talk about it with their family or friends. These women were recruited by the US government for their scientific expertise, but they were often relegated to subordinate and poorly paid tasks. Despite this, they worked hard and demonstrated remarkable ingenuity, making significant contributions to the war effort.

Some worked on the Manhattan Project, which resulted in the creation of the first atomic bomb, while others worked for military intelligence, decrypting enemy codes and providing critical information on enemy plans and movements.

Katherine Johnson & NASA

One of the most famous TOP SECRET ROSIES was Katherine Johnson, a mathematician who worked for NASA and calculated trajectories for historic space missions.

She was one of the first African-American women to work for the US space agency and received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2015.

Posthumous Fame

Despite the importance of their work, the TOP SECRET ROSIES were largely ignored by official history. It is only recently that their contribution has been recognized and their story told in books and documentaries.

The TOP SECRET ROSIES paved the way for a new generation of women scientists and engineers who have helped shape the modern world.