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.
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: Brazil, Angela
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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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BWilsoned
Nov 27, 2017

Informative and revelatory book about radium and the women who were poisoned by the money-hungry men in power.

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darladoodles
Nov 15, 2017

Reading this book was like watching a car accident as it is about to happen and knowing you can do nothing to stop it. We first see these bright, young girls jumping at the chance to paint dials and make a very good wage. All have dreams and families that can benefit from these extra $$. Then we realize what they are doing -- licking paintbrushes dipped in radium over and over and over. . .

Kudos to Kate Moore for her storytelling and extensive research. She truly did bring these shining women to life and we suffered with them through their individual journeys. Their stories and the court cases that resulted from their suffering and illnesses changed the American employment landscape in significant ways. They live on in the research that they contributed to regarding radium first and then later the atomic bomb and the ramifications of testing. Shine on, ladies!

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Jun 17, 2017

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