Oak Ridge Girls
Newspaper advertisements across the country said that a new firm was looking for young women to work in a factory in Tennessee. The job description was vague, but housing was supplied.
Girls from the Midwest flocked to apply. Many high school graduates were hired for this job. It was good money for the times.
These women went into the job blind, not knowing what to expect. They were trained to keep the dial steady between two points, and they did. Only later did they find out their contribution to the war effort: enriching uranium for the first atomic bomb.
Nancy Brady, 2019
From Carrot Ranch: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that includes the idea of enrichment. Use many of its different manifestations or explore reasons why it matters to the character. Go where the prompt leads. http://www.carrotranch.com
Above is my own take on enrichment, but to read more about these young women, check out Denise Kiernan’s The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II. It is a fascinating read.