Women Cracked Wartime Codes. They Can Fix Tech Today, Too.
November 15, 2017: Before she died in 2016 at age 94, Ann Caracristi, the first female deputy director of the National Security Agency, liked to reminisce about the absurd stereotypes that women had to contend with back when she entered public service during World War II. Chief among these — she found it somewhat amusing — was the notion that women are not as intellectually gifted as men.
In 1942, newly graduated from Russell Sage College, Caracristi was recruited to work in the stuffy attic of a former girls’ school in the Washington area that had been converted to a secret military code-breaking office. The staff, many of them young women like her, sorted reams of intercepted Japanese messages and pioneered new techniques.
Caracristi’s own brilliance soon announced itself: She and her female boss, a schoolteacher from West Virginia, broke a code that enabled the American military to pinpoint the location of Japanese troops. Caracristi would rise to become one of the most storied women in the National Security Agency.
Read more: Women Cracked Wartime Codes. They Can Fix Tech Today, Too. (nytimes.com)
Today's women may in fact find themselves welcomed with open arms into the cyber security field. The field faces a shortfall in qualified labor, with up to 1.8 million jobs going unfilled by 2019, as reported by the Global Information Security Workforce Study (GISWS). Add to that an ongoing push within the field to diversify and the gender gap may soon be closed.
Read more: Security Women are Changing the Narrative (www.eldoradoinsurance.com)
Latest Newsview all
Stalled Security Council Resolution Adopted, Backing UN’s Global Humanitarian Ceasefire Call
UN Secretary-General António Guterres first appealed for a global ceasefire on 23 March in order to combat the coronavirus pandemic that has already claimed more than half a million lives. Security Women supported the UN Sec General’s call for a global ceasefire and we welcome the news that the UN Security Council has now passed a resolution supporting this.
The Army Is About to Get its First Female Green Beret
A female U.S. Army soldier is scheduled to graduate from the Special Forces Qualification Course in July and become the first woman to join the Green Berets, U.S. military officials say.
Chief Master Sgt. JoAnne S. Bass named 19th Chief Master Sergeant of the U.S. Air Force
Chief Master Sgt. JoAnne S. Bass was selected June 19 to become the 19th Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force, becoming the first woman in history to serve as the highest ranking noncommissioned member of a U.S. military service. In selecting Bass, incoming Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. CQ Brown said Bass brings skills, temperament and experience that the job requires and an outlook on leadership that meshes with his own.