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 danger. The 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: [United States]: Sourcebooks Inc , 2017
ISBN: 9781492649366
1492649368
Branch Call Number: eBook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: Brazil, Angela
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FPL_David Nov 11, 2019

Lip. Dip. Paint. Repeat.
Story of women in the 1920s painting luminous watch dials.
A job that would slowly poison, deform and kill them.

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Olgalevin
Oct 21, 2019

Very well researched book about a certain dark part of our history I, like many people out there, didn't know even happened. It is sad that these women's debilitating deaths is what it took to change safety laws at jobs. And all that was because of corporate greed. How often has this already happened since the tragedies involving the Radium Girls? Just think about it, the decades of lead poisonings that have been happening since the 19th century and companies making and selling it for household products, knew of the dangers of lead. Or the asbestos cases that still keeping springing up with companies, the military in many cases, knowing fully well of its hazardous and lethal properties to humans. And now the situation in Flint, MI. These are all reminders that we still have a way to go. I understand that the statute of limitations is in places for good reasons for businesses to protect their profits from frivolous lawsuits. But too often times history has pointed out how those laws get abused by corporations, even by the government at times. It is sad that never-ending court battles in such cases is what it still takes to push for change. The Radium Girls are a strong reminder of this, and also of the complete level of discrimination they endured based on their sex. Their memories, their contributions though most have suffered great debilitating pain, should never be forgotten.

STPL_JessH Sep 19, 2019

If you enjoy Radium Girls and want something similar and yet uniquely different, check out the alternate history novel The Only Harmless Great Thing by Brooke Bolander. It is fascinating! An excellent compliment to Kate Moore's history.

STPL_Emily Sep 06, 2019

This is a book I recommend again and again. It gives life to the women affected by radium poisoning while working a coveted job. There is a bit of repetition in the writing, but overall, this is a well researched and well written book. Keep tissues close as you will want to scream and cry for these courageous women.

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.

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