Women and Computers in WWII – Intermission Story (22)

GP Cox at Pacific Paratrooper highlights the role of women in World War II in the creation of the computers we see around us today. Let’s celebrate female historical (and present) contributions!

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Women with the ENIAC computer

Before the invention of electronic computers, “computer” was a job description, not a machine. Both men and women were employed as computers, but women were more prominent in the field. This was a matter of practicality more than equality. Women were hired because there was a large pool of women with training in mathematics, but they could be hired for much less money than men with comparable training. Despite this bias, some women overcame their inferior status and contributed to the invention of the first electronic computers.

In 1942, just after the United States entered World War II, hundreds of women were employed around the country as computers. Their job consisted of using mechanical desk calculators to solve long lists of equations. The results of these calculations were compiled into tables and published for use on the battlefields by gunnery officers. The tables allowed soldiers…

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The ABC’s of Remaining Optimistic When You Just Aren’t Feeling It

A wonderful reminder from Terri of the Reclaiming HOPE blog of the importance of self-care ♥

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ABCs of Remaining Optimistic

The last couple of weeks have been tough — a monster headache last week, and this week, I had the worst fibro flare I’ve had in a long time. I’ve spent all week just trying to get through each day. On days like these, it’s really hard to feel very optimistic, but one of the building blocks of my HOPE plan is optimism, so I need to find a way to be optimistic even if I don’t feel it.

Why would optimism be important to living well with chronic pain, or any chronic illness for that matter? The definition of optimism on Dicitionary.com is this: “a disposition or tendency to look on the more favorable side of events or conditions and to expect the most favorable outcome.” I’m not talking about unicorns and glitter here — I’m talking about feeling that I can do something to improve the way I…

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Indra Nooyi, Most Powerful Woman in Business

Great to learn about business guru Indra Nooyi in this in-depth post from Mohammed Jamsheed. We are women, hear us roar!

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Its not at all easy to get into lime light in a world where gender inequality has become a deeply rooted part of our society and exists almost everywhere, it gives us great pride to talk about a woman who has managed to beat all the odds, to hold the topmost position 2nd largest food and beverage company in the world. Born on the 28th of October 1955, Indra Nooyi, currently acts as the Chairperson and CEO of PepsiCo. With a net worth of $144 million, Indra draws an annual salary of $18.6 million (2014) and is also consistently ranked among the World’s 100 Most Powerful Women as well. In 2014, she was named as the 3rd Most Powerful Woman in Business by Fortune, while currently; she holds the 15th position in the list of World’s 100 most powerful women by Forbes. She has also been conferred with “Padma Bhushan” (third highest…

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