World War II was a game changer in the United States, especially for the Women’s Movement. While the men were away fighting, women stepped into the professional roles that had previously held by the soldiers fighting overseas.
Denise Kiernan’s new book, The Girls Of Atomic City: The Untold Story Of The Women Who Helped Win World War II, is about a small group of women who worked in the then secret community that would build the atom bomb. These women were all very different. Some were refugees from Europe who held advanced degrees and had worked in science labs before the war. Others had their bachelors degrees and were eager to put their experience to work, a third were young women from local communities who saw the opportunities that this project could provide to them.
The book can be a little slow at points. It did not completely wow me, but it was a very interesting read. What these women did not realize is that they, even in a very small way, were laying the groundwork for modern feminism.
Do I recommend it? Possibly.