This documentary tells the story of four women 'computers', presenting their exhilarating successes in aiding the war effort and the moral dilemmas they faced.
WWII ushered in a new era for women in the workforce, including female mathematicians. In 1942, the United States military began recruiting college-educated female mathematicians to work as human 'computers'. Equipped with desktop calculators and a Differential Analyzer (a predecessor to the world's first electronic computer), these women computed firing tables which improved the accuracy and effectiveness of the Allies' weapons. Working 6 days a week, 24 hours a day from a lab at the University of Pennsylvania, the women were considered sub-professionals and paid only $2000 a year, but their efforts had profound effects on the war and on the dawn of computer programming.