In a time when women’s work was almost always in the home, on the farm, or limited to teaching or secretarial work, life changed for a small, select group in 1942. Young female mathematicians were recruited to do top secret work for the military as human computers whose projects were to compute precision aerial bombings and field artillery guns as ballistics table programmers.
"Top Secret Rosies," a documentary, explores the importance of the women's role in the Allied successes. The four vastly different women share what it was like as a human computer and how they sometimes worked night, day and night again. It was up to these women to make sure those in the air and on the battlegrounds received the accurate calculations needed to achieve success in hitting their targets.
This program is in part to honor Women’s History Month and to add to the celebration of events held during the Rehoboth Beach Historical Society and Museum’s World War II exhibit this past year, scheduled to close Sunday, March 17.
"Top Secret Rosies," produced and directed by Leann Erickson, will be shown at 7 p.m., Friday, March 8, in the museum’s Cooper Gallery. Reservations are required for this event, as space is limited. Call 302-227-7310 to make a reservation. Light refreshments will be served. The event is free for Rehoboth Beach Historical Society members. Donations from nonmembers will be accepted at the door.
The Rehoboth Beach Museum is home to the Rehoboth Beach Historical Society. The society’s mission is to preserve and showcase artifacts that illustrate the development of this beautiful city by the sea. The museum is at 511 Rehoboth Ave. Winter hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday, Thursday and Friday, and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. Regular admission is $5 for adults; $3 for seniors, college students and military; $2 for children ages 13-17. Members and children 12 and under get in free. Society members receive free museum admission, newsletters, free admission to lectures and other activities, and notice of ticketed events. Call 302-227-7310 for information and visit www.rehobothbeachmuseum.org, or look on Facebook and Twitter.