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: 9781492649359
149264935X
Branch Call Number: 363.1799 Mo
Description: xvi, 479 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm

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Painting clock faces in a factory with radium led several young girls to shine brightly in the dark from the glowing dust. Considered lucky at the time due to their position, these ladies soon started to fall ill.

A coveted war job for women was to be a "shining girl" - painting clock faces with a new, glowing substance called radium. Then they started getting sick. (Also available as an eBook, eAudio, and audio CD).

The story of young women during World War I who, working with radium paint, were poisoned, fought for compensation, and died horribly. Their legacy is one of strength in horrendous adversity. - Rochelle G.


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STPL_Kerry Dec 21, 2019

I gave this book 5 stars because I found the content so incredibly interesting. It is amazing to go back in history (to when they had weird tinctures that could cure everything!) with the knowledge we now have and read about common practices that you just shake your head at. But then when people did start to learn about the dangers of Radium....then it is even more astounding to read what progressed, and the complete lack of morals or regard for peoples lives. It really makes you question what chemicals we commonly use today, and if 100 years from now people are going to shake their heads at us!

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ckeating
Nov 30, 2019

Ch 46, page 307

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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