The Radium Girls

The Radium Girls

The Dark Story of America's Shining Women

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As World War I raged across the globe, hundreds of young women toiled away at the radium-dial factories, where they painted clock faces with a mysterious new substance called radium. Assured by their bosses that the luminous material was safe, the women themselves shone brightly in the dark, covered from head to toe with the glowing dust. With such a coveted job, these "shining girls" were considered the luckiest alive--until they began to fall mysteriously ill. As the fatal poison of the radium took hold, they found themselves embroiled in one of America's biggest scandals and a groundbreaking battle for workers' rights. The Radium Girls explores the strength of extraordinary women in the face of almost impossible circumstances and the astonishing legacy they left behind.
Publisher: Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks, Inc., [2017]
ISBN: 9781492650959
Characteristics: 10 books in a bag
xvi, 479 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm


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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!

Jul 05, 2019

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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.

Feb 06, 2019

Good. I will review at March Book Club.

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.

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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