I need to find a programming job in San Francisco in 1953.
August 13, 2014 7:30 PM Subscribe
Story research filter: My imagination was sparked by a recent comment about how computer programming was considered a suitable career for women in the 1950s and 60s, akin to clerical work. I'd like to learn more about what working life might have been like for these women, and about computing in general at that time. Bonus points if you can help me name some companies in 1950s San Francisco that might have employed my character.
posted by sunset in snow country to Technology (22 answers total) 13 users marked this as a favorite
I'm particularly interested in the 1950s, the earlier the better. Some more specific questions: What would a woman programmer's average day have looked like? What were the physical tools she would use to do her job--punch cards, or something else...? What was the field like? Were most jobs in the military? At technology companies? Or were there common applications for computers at non-tech companies this early on? What were the aims or goals of computer programming in the 1950s; what problems were people trying to solve?
I'm interested in both anecdotes and sources for further reading. Right now I'm not even sure what to look for.
Bonus question: I'd love to know exactly where in San Francisco (not Silicon Valley) my character might have worked.