Speakers on the Square: The Girls of Atomic City
The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II
Featuring Denise Kiernan (WSC '91, Steinhardt '02)
Imagine boarding a bus or train knowing that your destination was a total mystery. The only thing you’ve been told is that your work will help end World War II, and that everything will be taken care of for you. This was the case for thousands of young women who were recruited by the US government in 1943 to serve the top-secret Manhattan Project. They came from across the East Coast and the South, from Alabama to Western Pennsylvania to New Jersey. Their destination was “Site X”, or Oak Ridge, TN—a secret city that appeared on no maps. The individuals working there, though they had no idea at the time, were enriching uranium for the first atomic bomb used in combat.
Join NYU alumna Denise Kiernan as she discusses The Girls of Atomic City, the never before told, true story of remarkable, hardworking, determined young women and the crucial role they played in one of the most significant moments in US history.
Denise Kiernan (WSC '91, Steinhardt '02) is the author of Signing Their Lives Away and Signing Their Rights Away. Her work has appeared in: the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, The Village Voice, Discover, and other national publications. Visit her at: DeniseKiernan.com; follow her @Denise Kiernan; view documents and photographs at AtomicCocktails.tumblr.com.
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