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Mr. Churchill's Secretary (2012)
Susan Elia MacNeal
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A woman who has just earned a degree in mathematics from Wellesley turns down a graduate school offer from MIT to go work under Winston Churchill. However, due to the usual prejudices (see quote below) she ends up relegated to work that would not take advantage of her special skills.

(quoted from Mr. Churchill's Secretary)

"You're a smart girl," Snodgrass said to her, " and that's good. You'll have intelligent children. But isn't it more important to worry about your appearance and not calculations? Let the boys like John here take care of it. Stick to the typing please."

Fortunately, there are those there who better appreciate the value of her mathematical abilities (e.g. the aforementioned "John") and she gets to use them in the hunt for a Nazi spy at Bletchley Park.

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Categories:
GenreHistorical Fiction, Adventure/Espionage,
MotifWar, Female Mathematicians,
TopicComputers/Cryptography,
MediumNovels,

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