The Radium Girls

The Radium Girls

The Dark Story of America's Shining Women

Large Print - 2017
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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.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, 2017.
Copyright Date: ́—́Ư2017.
ISBN: 9781432839031
1432839039
Characteristics: 729 pages (large print), 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm.
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A fascinating story from the early 20th century where radium was treated very much like a miracle element. In factories, girls used radium to paint clock dials that would glow in the dark. Unfortunately for them, it was a time when very little was understood how radium affects your body and the v... Read More »


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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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