Together We Can Change History
Sixty years ago, six young women programmed the world's first all-electronic computer, the ENIAC. Their ballistics program used hundreds of wires and 3000 switches. Never introduced, they never became a part of history. Forty years later, Kathy Kleiman was told that the women in pictures with ENIAC (1946) were "Refrigerator Ladies," models posed in front of the machine.
Nothing could be further from the truth. The ENIAC Programmers worked tirelessly to make programming easier for all. They created the first sort routine, software application and instruction set, and classes in programming. Their work dramatically altered computing in the 1940s and 1950s. They paved the path to the modern software industry.
The ENIAC Programmers Project records the stories, seeks recognition for their accomplishments and seeks to produce the first feature documentary about this dramatic story.
You can help. If we raise the money now, we can produce the ENIAC Programmers documentary NOW, while the ENIAC Programmers are still with us. This is an effort funded by individuals worldwide, through donations large and small. It's not easy, but together we can change history.
The ENIAC Programmers' story changes forever how we look at computer history. It inspires young women, and young men, to believe that computing careers lie within their reach.
Founder of the ENIAC Programmers Project