The Radium Girls

The Radium Girls

The Dark Story of America's Shining Women

eBook - 2017
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The incredible true story of the women who fought America's Undark dangerThe Curies' newly discovered element of radium makes gleaming headlines across the nation as the fresh face of beauty, and wonder drug of the medical community. From body lotion to tonic water, the popular new element shines bright in the otherwise dark years of the First World War.Meanwhile, hundreds of girls toil amidst the glowing dust of the radium-dial factories. The glittering chemical covers their bodies from head to toe; they light up the night like industrious fireflies. With such a coveted job, these "shining girls" are the luckiest alive — until they begin to fall mysteriously ill.But the factories that once offered golden opportunities are now ignoring all claims of the gruesome side effects, and the women's cries of corruption. And as the fatal poison of the radium takes hold, the brave shining girls find themselves embroiled in one of the biggest scandals of America's early 20th century, and in a groundbreaking battle for workers' rights that will echo for centuries to come. Written with a sparkling voice and breakneck pace, The Radium Girls fully illuminates the inspiring young women exposed to the "wonder" substance of radium, and their awe-inspiring strength in the face of almost impossible circumstances. Their courage and tenacity led to life-changing regulations, research into nuclear bombing, and ultimately saved hundreds of thousands of lives...
Publisher: 2017
ISBN: 9781492649373
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Characteristics: 1 online resource

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A great book on the dark history of women who unknowingly contracted radiation poisoning while painting watch dials with self-luminous paint. This book is an interesting look at how factory workers were treated by higher-ups and is equally sad and frustrating. If you like to read about the dark and weird history of the early 1900s, def. check this book out!

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bethgarza24
Jul 05, 2019

science book club - July 14

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BeckyR21
Mar 26, 2019

Fascinating story; a must read! I didn't know any of this historical tragedy prior to reading this book. It was a great book club discussion.
Kate Moore does an excellent job creating a well-written, thoroughly researched narrative that is gripping and sobering. It's hard to imagine the suffering of these women, and hats off to them for their perseverance and the people who helped along the way.

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beckybunck
Feb 06, 2019

Good. I will review at March Book Club.

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DoveHat
Nov 26, 2018

A gripping read that held my attention from the very start. A brilliantly written story about America's dark industrial past and the lack of value for workers, especially women, over profits. What these women went through was horrific but their fight for justice was courageous in face of all the harm they endured. These brave women's battles paved the way to the establishment of the EPA. This true story is the perfect and only example we need of why regulations are critical to protect citizens from the ill effects of industry.

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dobannon
Oct 10, 2018

More history of female pioneers that has gone untold. It is past time to tell the stories of females and the role they have played in history. Well written. Kept me reading from beginning to end.

racing14 Oct 02, 2018

A tragic part of history. A well researched and written book that kept me engaged from the beginning. Incredible strength and bravery on display by all these women. A great book club selection.

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LizardElaine
Sep 20, 2018

Excellent well researched book, giving credit to all of the young girls and women, some who died, but ultimately fought back against the “higher-ups”, who could no longer get away with murder. Really sad, interesting, and makes one proud of those who stand up against injustice.

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Linyarai
Aug 01, 2018

I really enjoyed how educational this book was, I had no idea radium was used so recently and there was so much debate over it. I liked how the girls fought for compensation and the laws that changed accordingly.

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ricmo
Jul 05, 2018

Depressing and inspiring at the same time, depending on whether you're focusing on the story generally or the heroism of the people involved. Especially disconcerting to see at the end that the lesson has not yet been learned.

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