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Mindshare LA Screening: "Top Secret Rosies: The Female Computers of World War II"

Mindshare LA

Sunday, January 29, 2012 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (PST)

Mindshare LA Screening: "Top Secret Rosies: The Female...

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Sunday January 29th, 6pm - 9pm.

Mindshare LA is Proud to Present a Special Screening of:

 "Top Secret Rosies: The Female Computers of World War II"

Don Chui Catering will be serving: Chicken Fajitas, Vegan Pasta and Cactus Salad from 5:30pm onward.

Top Secret Rosies Trailer

(Watch the trailer here...)

 In 1942, when computers were human and women were underestimated, a group of female mathematicians helped win a war and usher in the modern computer age. Sixty-five years later their story has finally been told through LeAnn Erickson's documentary Top Secret Rosies.


6pm-7pm Drinks Specials | 7pm-9pm Screening & Followup Discussion


Downtown Independent Theater, 251 S Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90012


Amanda Coolong  

Amanda Coolong / Live News, Multimedia Producer, Startup Advisor

Amanda's previous and current experience includes work with such companies as Raytheon, Texas Instruments, Worcester Polytech Institute, Jabra/GN Netcom, Kimpton Hotels, Linden Lab (SecondLife), numerous technology start-ups, Steve Vai's GuitarTV.com and Grammy-considered UK recording artist, Kris Searle. 



Lynn Langit  

Lynn Langit / DevelopMentor, Author and Instructor

Lynn is a linguist who likes to code. Co-founder of TKP (Teaching Kids Programming). Personal volunteer for SmartCare (largest EMR deployed in Sub-Saharan Africa). Supporter of the MONA Foundation (Global Education)
Bragging rights: I am raising a daughter who can code better than me, oh I wrote some books and I do some technical volunteering too. I prefer databases, what about you?


Melissa Rowley  

Melissa Rowley / Live News, Multimedia Producer, Startup Advisor

Melissa is a journalist and content strategist with a passion for science, technology, and all things tied to social innovation. She has flown in zero gravity at NASA, and reported about the adventure for Discovery News. She has also covered business news from the New York Stock Exchange for CNN Business News, red carpet glamour from the Oscars for CNN Entertainment, and social action movements for Causecast and Mashable. Melissa is currently developing projects for her social enterprise, Incentivize, Inc, which is focused on the convergence between capitalism and activism.



Top Secret Rosies


In early December 1941, Betty Jean Jennings was a freshman completing her first semester at a rural Missouri college. In Philadelphia, Doris and Shirley Blumberg were seniors at Girl’s High and Marlyn Wescoff was completing a minor in business machines at Temple University. In an era of limited career opportunities for women, these bright students anticipated low paying careers as schoolteachers or bookkeepers. But on Sunday, December 7, the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor and changed these young women’s lives forever. With Pearl Harbor suddenly drawing the US in to WWII, the Army launched a frantic national search for women mathematicians.


The women of Top Secret Rosies were plucked from high schools and colleges to work at the University of Pennsylvania in the 1940s. They moved into dorms and apartments and went through a rigorous introduction to ballistics calculations in order to do the job. It paid well, and the women were close. They played bridge, shared dinners and danced together in the university gardens when the war in Europe ended.

Still, they struggled with the knowledge that their calculations -- so precise they measured whether an enemy soldier was standing up or lying in a trench -- were used at war.

"'It is hard to overstate the significance of the contribution of these women to the Allied victory in World War II, a fact that few people are aware of."

--MAA Review

"These women were given scanty credit for their achievements and shared a single certificate of commendation.  In fact, they later learned that when they demonstrated how ENIAC worked, the military officers in attendance thought they were just models brought in to make the [computer] look good. "

--Aberdeen Patch

More details at http://http://www.topsecretrosies.com/

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Downtown Independent Theater
251 S Main St
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Sunday, January 29, 2012 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (PST)

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Mindshare LA

Mindshare LA holds monthly workshops, salons and movie screenings that gather hundreds of Angelenos for evenings of inspiration and interaction. Our most popular salon-style events include short eclectic presentations, live music and interactive installations. Since 2006, Mindshare has hosted over 150 events and become a mecca for intellectuals, artists, scientists and other forward thinking characters looking for inspiration and connection across this vast city. 

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