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05/07/2013 11:54 am ET

Ester Gerston And Gloria Gordon, Women Programmers, Work On The ENIAC Computer In 1946 (PHOTO)

Think your MacBook Pro is a pain to lug around? Be grateful we've progressed past the first general purpose computer, the ENIAC (Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer), which measured 150 feet long.

A Reddit user posted a photo of the ENIAC in 1946 on Sunday, and what interested us even more than the giant computer were the two female programmers pictured, Ester Gerston and Gloria Gordon.

These early women technologists are especially inspirational given how woefully underrepresented women remain in the fields of science and technology today.

Gordon's family told The Washington Post that she appreciated the job for another reason: "When she was tapped for the ENIAC project, she was relieved, her daughters said, because she narrowly missed being assigned to work on the Manhattan Project, which developed the atomic bomb."

LOOK: Ester Gerston And Gloria Gordon Work On The ENIAC Computer In 1946

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