Eniac Programmers Project documents first women computer programmers

December 23rd, 2007

The Eniac Programmers Project is working to produce the first feature-length documentary on the women who formed the team of programmers for the Eniac, considered by many to be the world’s first computer.

“During WWII, the world’s first software developers were recruited by the Army to program the quirky ENIAC, the first all-electronic programmable computer. These six pioneers invented many of the concepts of programming, and remarkably, in a high-tech version of Rosie the Riveter, they were all WOMEN.”

The effort is lead by executive producer Kathy Kleiman and as co-exutive producer Claudia Morrell, who is the director of UMBC’s Center for Women and Information Technology. The documentary, which as the working title Invisible Computers: The Untold Story of the ENIAC Programmers, will focus on the six women who were Eniacs’s first programmers in the 1940s and their later careers in computing. ABC News had a recent article on the project, First Computer Programmers Inspire Documentary