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“She didn’t know exactly where she was going, exactly what she was going to be doing or exactly when she’d be done doing it, but she did know that it was supposed to help with the war effort,” Kiernan said.
“She had this tremendous — and I would say most of the women I interviewed did — this tremendous sense of adventure and spirit and dedication to what was the greatest war that any of them had ever known,” Kiernan said.
I have this book marked as "to read" as well as The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II." I am guessing I really don't need to read both of them. Celia Szapka grew up a coal miner’s daughter in Shenandoah, Pennsylvania and had two brothers fighting in the war.She began working for the project as a secretary and was asked to move to Oak Ridge in 1943.In this interview, News Hour correspondent Ray Suarez chats with Denise Kiernan, author of “The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II.” In the book, Kiernan tells the story of the women who worked on the Manhattan Project, a secret government effort in the 1940’s to enrich fuel for first atomic bomb used at the end of World War II.Lured by well-paying jobs and the promise that their work would lead to a quicker end to World War II, thousands of young women came, in 1943, from cities around the country to work on a clandestine government project in rural Tennessee.