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Press Release, October 2014


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SWE review, June 2019

“With a clear, relatable narrative that invites girls to immerse themselves in the story, (‘The Computer Wore Heels’ ebook) also allows them to jump out and explore a wealth of video clips and resources whenever they want to learn more.”


Chronicle of Higher Education review, August 10, 2015

” ‘The Computer Wore Heels’ is an interactive book from documentary film-maker LeAnn Erickson (that) allows the readers to participate in writing women back into the history of early computing. Designed as a potential textbook, it’s also an intriguing model of playing with history and a good combination of film and app.”


WWII History magazine review, March/April 2015

“Making her own steps into innovative technology, Erickson has turned her documentary (Top Secret Rosies: The Female Computers of WWII) into an interactive (ebook), The Computer Wore Heels.”


IEEE History Center review, March 2015 newsletter, page 7

“(The ebook) tells the story from the perspective of the young women from a diverse group of backgrounds who were united by their love of math and desire to help the war effort.”


 POV documentary site blog, February 2015

“(Ebooks) make for an interesting way to explore interactive documentary, and The Computer Wore Heels offers an engaging story about women’s contributions during World War II.”


National Science Teachers Association review, January 2015

“The level of interactivity is enticing to readers and certainly is a change from the more staid printed books…The story of the young ladies working on mathematics formulas first on paper and later on the first of the electronic computing machines (ENIAC) was interesting to read. Their story will be unknown to many readers. The connection of females to math, science, and technology will be helpful in bringing gender equity to the forefront.”


Computer Science Teachers Association review, January 2015

“The (ebook) presents a compelling and inspiring story of women being able to use their intellectual and mathematical talents in an era when that was not common and a story of some of those who were in the thick of things at the dawn of the computer age.”


Philadelphia Inquirer, September 2014

“The stories of the sisters (Doris Blumberg Polsky and Shirley Blumberg Melvin) and several of their colleagues are featured inThe Computer Wore Heels, a new (ebook) by Temple University filmmaker LeAnn Erickson. The multimedia work is a suspenseful, novelistic treatment, designed to appeal to a young audience with text, photos, video, and audio.”