Book ReviewLifestyleVOLUME 16 ISSUE # 15

Atomic Women

The Atomic Women is a portrait of the World War II female scientists who worked in laboratories and se-cret sites of the Manhattan Project, and whose contributions have been left unstudied.
Recruited not only from labs and universities from across the coun-try, but also from countries abroad, these women scientists helped, and often initiated the development of the atomic bomb, taking a star-ring role in the Manhattan Project; in fact, their involvement was criti-cal to its success. This book ex-plores not just the critical steps towards the creation of a successful nuclear bomb, but also the moral implications of such an invention. Centering the Atomic Women are the groundbreaking leading female scientists of the atomic era, who gave rise to the project: Lise Meitner and Irene Joliot-Curie (daughter of Marie Curie), who from Europe led the groundwork for the Manhattan Project, though they were not fully aware of the consequences. Elizabeth Rona, the foremost expert in plutonium, whose expertise gave rise to ‘The Fat Man’ and ‘Little Boy,’ the bombs dropped over Japan. As well as Leona Marshall, Elizabeth Graves, and Joan Hinton, who looked upon the European scientific ideals for inspiration, but went ahead and carved their own path.