Project Description

Zehra Fazal on The Wellesley Code Breakers

Zehra Fazal tells the story of a band of Wellesley seniors who secretly became codebreakers in WWII, credited with shortening the war by at least a year. When asked what they were doing in the Department of Defense they were told to say, “Sharpening pencils and emptying trash cans.” No one doubted it. Check out this clandestine tale about these brilliant, brave young women.


Director: Julie Hébert
DP: Johanna Coelho
Sound: Nancy Kwon
Editor: Emily Mendez
Mix: Daniel Raphael
Producer: Courtney Graham

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Zehra Fazal is an American actress, comedian, and voice actress known for voicing Nadia Rizavi in Voltron: Legendary Defender and Halo in Young Justice: Outsiders. She has a B.A. from Wellesley College and speaks about Wellesley alumnae codebreakers in her featured video.


STUDENTS, CLASS OF ’42, ’43, ’44

The Wellesley Codebreakers were female students recruited by the U.S. military to break Japanese and German military codes during World War II, whose work for the Army and Navy laid the foundation for the NSA.