The Radium Girls

The Radium Girls

The Dark Story of America's Shining Women

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ANew York Times, USA Today, andWall Street JournalBestseller!

"the glowing ghosts of the radium girls haunt us still."--NPR Books

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.

Publisher: Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks, [2018]
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781492650959
1492650951
Branch Call Number: 363.17990820973 MOO
Characteristics: xviii, 477 pages : illustrations

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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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Izzy24_0
Nov 14, 2018

Can't wait to read this!

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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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sunnyfeline
Jun 29, 2018

A heartbreaking true story about how young women (and girls) were exposed to radium without knowing the risks about it. They jumped at the opportunity to make good money and show their support during WWI and WW2 by painting the dials with radium so they could glow in the dark for soldiers to use. It made me wonder if I would have done the same thing if I was given the opportunity to work for a radium company; kind of frightening to think about. Author Kate Moore decided to write this story in the women's perspectives after realizing there were no books about them. Thank you for giving them a voice so their story is not forgotten. I would LOVE to see a movie made out of this story from the women's perspectives; something similar to what film makers did for "Hidden Figures". The world needs to know about the injustice and sufferings that the dial-painters and families/friends went through.

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bigmousefan
May 01, 2018

This is an amazing, heart-breaking read for anyone who loves history or non-fiction.

An illuminating story. Sorry, I had to say that.

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Jun 17, 2017

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