33% of the workforce were women at the end of World War II. In Oak Ridge, Tennessee, a war community of 75,000 worked for the war effort, and although their community used more electricity than New York City, their project was unknown. Secrecy was a requirement. A rumor coould cost you your job and home. Little did they know that they were enriching Uranium to create the World’s Deadliest Weapon: The Atom Bomb. Denise Kiernan describes the lives of the young Southern Women recruited to work at Oak Ridge, who considered their stay temporary. Now forming the nucleus of the town, they reflect back on what their effort meant for themselves, and the world.
Girls of Atomic City : the untold story of the women who helped win World War II - Denise Kiernan (Link to Catalog)
Women at work on C-47 Douglas cargo transport, Douglas Aircraft Company, Long Beach, Calif. (LOC) (FSA / Office of War Information Color Photographs)
My favorite Didion quote out of Slouching Towards Bethlehem is in On Keeping a Notebook:
I think we are well advised to keep on nodding terms with the people we used to be, whether we find them attractive company or not.
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Women of Library History: May Massee →
May Massee, photo c1922-30, P and A Studios, New York. May Massee Collection, University Libraries and Archives, Emporia State University; Also found as the frontispiece in The Horn Book. 12:4 (July-August 1936) p198.
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