This photograph has been drifting through the internet recently, and I love it. This woman appearing to stand by a large stack of Encyclopedias from our elementary school days is in reality standing next to a series of binders written in code by her own hands. Not amazing enough? These series of letters and numbers lifted man to the moon in July of 1969.

To back up some, typewriters were invented in turn of the century 1900s. They became a staple in the web of women jobs because men thought it was simple enough for a woman. However, when computers became popular in the 60s, women began trading their typewriters for computers helping operate punchcard machines, assisting the tech people. Progress was advancing however and these simple tasks began to quickly evolve into demanding programming jobs for women.

Margaret Hamilton was one of the spear heads in this new advancement. Earning her BA from Earlham College, she closely became bilingual in the world of programing. Due to her brilliance, she was awarded to become the director of the 31 brains on the Apollo 11 programming team. Women power!