Lost Women of Science Podcast, Season 2, Episode 2: Women Needed

Thu, 07 Apr 2022 07:00:00 GMT
Scientific American - Technology

Klára Dán von Neumann arrives in Princeton, N.J., just as war breaks out in Europe

LISTEN TO THE PODCAST. EPISODE TRANSCRIPT. KATIE HAFNER: Before we get into it, just a note-this episode includes content that could be upsetting.

KATIE HAFNER: The voices you're hearing belong to two of our producers, Sophie McNulty and Ashraya Gupta.

KATIE HAFNER: That's George Dyson, the science historian you met in the first episode.

KATIE HAFNER: On top of the sheer culture shock, Klári had to figure out how to be Mrs. John von Neumann, part two.

I'm Katie Hafner, and this is Lost Women of Science.

KATIE HAFNER: And Klári, like many women in America, got one of those homefront jobs.

KATIE HAFNER: That's Claire L. Evans, the author of Broad Band, a history of women in computing.

KATIE HAFNER: It must have been intense- working 16-hour days with a team of other women.

KATIE HAFNER: More often than not, these human computers were women.

KATIE HAFNER: At the end of the war, many of the women who had found computing jobs during the labor shortage ceded the work back to the men returning from overseas.

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