Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity of people.
Diversity of thought.
A smarter planet for everyone.

 


IBM employees during World War II manufacturing efforts, 1944
IBM employees "Keep 'Em
Flying!" during World War II
manufacturing efforts.

From Crisis, Progress

As the nation emerges from the crisis of World War II and begins a gradual move toward reversing decades of segregation, IBM expands its commitment to working with all people.



1939

World War II begins; U.S. enters war in 1941.


1942

Americans of Japanese descent are forced into internment camps.


1944

Serving in segregated units, approximately one million African Americans fight in World War II.


1946

ENIAC starts the computer revolution.


1947

The Truman Doctrine marks the beginning of the Cold War.

Jackie Robinson breaks baseball's color line.


1948

President Truman bans segregation in U.S. Armed Forces.

Bell Labs introduces the transistor.


1949

Twelve women receive diplomas from Harvard Medical School, the school's first female graduates (two are cum laude).

Communist revolution takes place in China.

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