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The American Women Code Breakers of World War II

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Women ran the machines that attached the German Enigma ciphers, maintained wall maps that kept track of U-boat locations and Allied Convoys, and wrote intelligence reports that would be used by naval commanders.

The contributions of women in science have often been lost to history.  During WWII, women were able to break into fields historically dominated by men while so many served overseas. 

In the field of cryptography,  female students were recruited from around the country and trained to decode Nazi and Japanese communications. Their work played a crucial role in ending the war. 


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