Kathy Kleiman discovered the ENIAC Programmers as an undergraduate at Harvard. She wrote her senior thesis on how their pivotal role in early programming was completely missing from computing history. A decade later, after learning that few of the Programmers were invited to the ENIACís 50th Anniversary, she set out to set the record straight: to record their oral histories, seek recognition for their accomplishments and produce a documentary to tell their dramatic story. THE COMPUTERS is the culmination of that work.
In speeches and screenings around the world, Kathy shares: "The ENIAC Programmers inspired me to stay in computing at a time when every other signal in society was urging me to turn away. It is my great hope that their story will throw open the doors of computing to all!"
Inspired by the ENIAC Programmers, Kathy continued her studies in computer science. She then managed international data networks, attended law school and became one of the first attorneys to enter the field of Internet policy. She is part of the group that created ICANN (the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) where she continues to develop policy for the global domain name system.
Kathy speaks about the ENIAC Programmers (and domain name policy) in forums around the world. She is the recipient of the March of Dimes Heroines in Technology Lifetime Achievement Award for her efforts to preserve the ENIAC Programmers' inspirational story for generations to come. (1/16)
Great Unsung Women of Computing: The Computers, The Coders and The Future Makers
A 3-part series by Kathy Kleiman, Jon Palfreman and Kate McMahon, 2016, 48 min., Color
In the United States, women are vastly underrepresented in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) fields, holding under 25% of STEM jobs and a...