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Overnight Code

The Life of Raye Montague, the Woman Who Revolutionized Naval Engineering

Paige Bowers David Montague

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Chicago Review Press
01 March 2021
The inspiring story of a groundbreaking African American woman engineer who created the first computer-designed ship for the US Navy Overnight Code tells the story of Raye Montague, an ambitious little girl from segregated Little Rock who spent a lifetime educating herself, both inside and outside of the classroom, so that she could become the person and professional she aspired to be. Where some saw roadblocks, Montague only saw hurdles that needed to be overcome. Her mindset helped her become the first person to draft a Naval ship design by computer, using a program she worked late nights to debug. She did this as a single mother during the height of the Cold War, all the while imbuing her son with the hard-won wisdom she had accumulated throughout the years. Equal parts coming-of-age tale, civil rights history, and reflection on the power of education, Overnight Code is a tale about the persistence and perseverance required to forge the life of your dreams when the odds against you seem insurmountable, and shows how one woman refused to let other people's prejudices stand in the way of her success.

'In this biography of groundbreaking computer engineer and ship designer Raye Montague, Overnight Code skillfully combines the personal, the political, and the scientific to tell the powerful and inspiring story of a woman who refused to be stopped by the dual challenges of racism and sexism in the largely male, largely White world of the early days of computer science. It is an important addition to the growing genre of works that give voice to important and largely forgotten women of science.' - Pamela D. Toler, author of Women Warriors: An Unexpected History
By:   Paige Bowers, David Montague
Imprint:   Chicago Review Press
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 228mm,  Width: 6mm,  Spine: 152mm
ISBN:   9781641602594
ISBN 10:   1641602597
Pages:   240
Publication Date:   01 March 2021
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Paige Bowers is a news and features writer as well as the author of The General's Niece. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia. David R. Montague, the son of Raye Montague, is the director of online learning and faculty mentoring at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and is a tenured full professor of criminal justice.

Reviews for Overnight Code: The Life of Raye Montague, the Woman Who Revolutionized Naval Engineering

What an amazing story about an amazing woman! Armed with a business degree and a gutsy attitude, Raye Montague fulfilled a childhood dream by going to work for the US Navy and ended up modernizing the way it designed its ships and submarines. Authors Bowers and Montague deploy plenty of heart, layered with careful attention to the history of racism and sexism, to restore Raye to her rightful place in computing history. Important and inspiring, Raye's life demonstrates what a determined woman can accomplish even when the deck is doubly stacked against her. --Theresa Kaminski, historian and author of Dr. Mary Walker's Civil War: One Woman's Journey to the Medal of Honor and the Fight for Women's Rights To be young, gifted, and Black! Raye Montague was all three and a Southern woman who was told that being a Black, gifted woman was not enough to succeed. This book chronicles the tenacity of Mrs. Montague to achieve despite living in a country dominated by the caste of racism and sexism. Mrs. Montauge's story is genuine, uplifting and witty. Every page offers a life lesson about navigating diversity, commitment, and parenting. Raye Montague should be a name that is known throughout the nation. This amazing book helps to make that happen. --Pearl K. Dowe, Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Political Science and African American Studies, Emory University Raye Montague was a trailblazing figure made of grit and grace. Overnight Code unveils the true story behind her twin battles against racism and sexism as she earned her place in history as a computer programming pioneer. Overnight Code is a must-read for anyone seeking inspiration to overcome social barriers and to shatter glass ceilings. --Carolyn Porter, Marcel's Letters: A Font and the Search for One Man's Fate In this biography of groundbreaking computer engineer and ship designer Raye Montague, Overnight Code skillfully combines the personal, the political, and the scientific to tell the powerful and inspiring story of a woman who refused to be stopped by the dual challenges of racism and sexism in the largely male, largely White world of the early days of computer science. It is an important addition to the growing genre of works that give voice to important and largely forgotten women of science. --Pamela D. Toler, author of Women Warriors: An Unexpected History Overnight Code serves as a reminder that even in the toughest of environments, if you give someone a chance, they will excel beyond expectations. It is the lesson, the story, and the life of Raye Montague. --Artemesia Stanberry, coauthor of Stealth Reconstruction: An Untold Story of Racial Politics in Recent Southern History


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