Dot Braden was an overworked teacher in Virginia, left to teach too many classes when male teachers were recruited to fight in World War II and female teachers rushed to the altar before their fiancés were shipped overseas. Ruth Weston struggled to get a teaching job in Mississippi despite being a whiz at math. Margaret Gilman was one of only 4% of American women to have completed a college degree in the 1940s, but wondered how to get a job in her field. When all these women heard about jobs in and near Washington D.C., working for the war effort, they jumped at the chance - despite having no idea what kind of work they would be doing because the recruiters weren’t allowed to tell them.
Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II is a fascinating history of the code breaking efforts performed by these women and others. From deciphering messages created by the German Enigma machine to cracking the maddeningly difficult Japanese code JN-25, from manufacturing the faked communications that led to D-Day victory to watching messages that told of countless American deaths, these women worked a demanding and critical job that none were allowed to talk about. Some even carried the secret of what they did in the war to their graves. Code Girls reveals a story that many have never heard. - Michelle (Sunset)