Ladies of the code

That 1961 Life article about computers also gave a snarky nod to the important role that women were playing in mainframe programming:

Within the New Class [of computer experts] are more than 30,000 people, including hundreds of attractive young ladies who have studied computers at such colleges as Vassar. They are concerned not with the executive problems of how to use computers but with How to Talk to the Machine. They have their own language and like to discuss such things as automorphisms, combinatorial lemmas, (0,1)-matrices of size m by n, Monte Carlo theory, heuristic programing, Boolean trees and don’t care conditions. Fortunately space does not permit these terms to be explained here.