Keypunch Card Girl

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Keypunch girls, like the one depicted here, translated code instructions onto punched cards which were then run by a card reader machine, such as the Crioe machine from this picture. This created a division of labor where men waited for their ideas to be “coded” and women were stuck in this low level job. Read more about the days of early women programmers here.

You can find this image as an artifact at the Computer History Museum, catalog number 102630584. For more information visit their website.

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