The Computers Documentary
Kathleen McNulty Mauchly Antonelli
Jean Jennings Bartik
Marlyn Wesco Meltzer
Betty Snyder Holberton

ENIAC PROGRAMMERS PROJECT

In 1946 six brilliant young women programmed the first all-electronic, programmable computer, the ENIAC, a project run by the U.S. Army in Philadelphia as part of a secret World War II project. They learned to program without programming languages or tools (for none existed)—only logical diagrams. By the time they were finished, ENIAC ran a ballistics trajectory—a differential calculus equation—in seconds! Yet when the ENIAC was unveiled to the press and the public in 1946, the women were never introduced; they remained invisible.

The ENIAC Programmers Project has been devoted for nearly two decades to researching their work, recording their stories, and seeking honors for the ENIAC Six—the great women of ENIAC.

ABOUT THE DOCUMENTARY

In 2013, ENIAC Programmer Project founder Kathy Kleiman teamed up with award-winning documentary producers Jon Palfreman and Kate McMahon to tell this incredible story. They have produced a stunning 20-minute documentary, The Computers, now premiering at the Seattle International Film Festival.

Featuring Movietone footage of the 1940s and never-before-seen interviews with the ENIAC Programmers, this inspiring story will make students believe that programming careers lie within their grasp, and adults cheer. This is a story lost for almost 70 years about the founding of technologies we cannot live without—by six incredible young women everyone should know!

upcoming documentary screenings

  • May 24, 2014 Seattle International Film Festival

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the latest reviews

“I taught Technology classes for many years and have shown the ENIAC photographs portraying the women to each class. I had no idea that the ENIAC programmers were these amazing women until I saw Ms. Kleiman's documentary of The Computers.” — Jeanne C. Seabridge, Assistant Principal, George Mason HS, VA
“This is an amazing story. Through this film, I met the women who created the beginning of the software industry. Their ideas formed the basis of technology I work with every day. They inspired me, and their story will inspire you too.” — A. Mark Massey, Senior Network Engineer, FL and VA
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ENIAC PROGRAMMERS PROJECT

In 1946 six brilliant young women programmed the first all-electronic, programmable computer, the ENIAC, a project run by the U.S. Army in Philadelphia as part of a secret World War II project. They learned to program without programming languages or tools (for none existed)—only logical diagrams. By the time they were finished, ENIAC ran a ballistics trajectory—a differential calculus equation—in seconds! Yet when the ENIAC was unveiled to the press and the public in 1946, the women were never introduced; they remained invisible.

The ENIAC Programmers Project has been devoted for nearly two decades to researching their work, recording their stories, and seeking honors for the ENIAC Six—the great women of ENIAC.

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