The 'Girls' Who Helped Win the War

It’s being billed as the untold story of the women who helped win World War II.

They came from across the United States to a city not found on any map, says the website promoting the new book The Girls of Atomic City, the story of the young women who worked on the Manhattan project in Oak Ridge building the atomic bomb.

They lived in dorms, they were forbidden to talk about their work, and they really had no idea what they were building. They just did their repetitive jobs over and over again.

Author Denise Kiernan interviewed some of the women who worked in Oak Ridge during the war, now in their 80s and 90s, and gives us a glimpse of what life was like. The “girls” recruited for Oak Ridge jobs were high school girls, primarily with a rural background, because they would do what they were told and “they weren’t overly curious.”

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