Women Cryptologists of World War II

Recently arrived — some cool cyber history stamps!

There were 11,000 women working day and night to process and decipher encrypted messages during the World War 2 era in the 1940s. Today, they’re widely considered STEM pioneers. Their contributions opened the door for women in the military and helped shape intelligence and information security efforts for future generations.

The backside of this pane of stamps shows the substitution cipher needed to read the words encoded on the stamps.

I mounted these stamps in a double-sided glass frame so that both the front and back would be visible.

Information security has a dramatic and interesting history. Some of these early cryptologists were directly involved in saving the lives of hundreds and sometimes thousands of people. Thinking about those people who benefited from the work these women did . . . their children, then their grandchildren, and great grandchildren. Literally generations of people who would not exist if not for the work these early women cryptologists did. Very cool!

Information security professionals today are part of that amazing history. What you do matters.

U.S. Postal Service: https://store.usps.com/store/product/buy-stamps/women-cryptologists-of-world-war-ii-stamps-S_482204

— Anthony Collette

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