The Radium Girls: The Dark Story Of America's Shining Women by Kate MooreThe Radium Girls: The Dark Story Of America's Shining Women by Kate Moore

The Radium Girls: The Dark Story Of America's Shining Women

byKate Moore

Hardcover | May 2, 2017

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A New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestseller!the glowing ghosts of the radium girls haunt us still."-NPR Books The incredible true story of the women who fought America's Undark dangerThe 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? "
Kate Moore is a New York Times best selling writer with more than a decade's experience writing and ghosting across varying genres, including memoir, biography, and history. In 2015 she directed a critically acclaimed play about the Radium Girls called 'These Shining Lives.' She lives in the UK. Visit her at
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Title:The Radium Girls: The Dark Story Of America's Shining WomenFormat:HardcoverDimensions:496 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.69 inPublished:May 2, 2017Publisher:SourcebooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:149264935X

ISBN - 13:9781492649359

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Long-Overdue Tribute to Unsung Heroines In considering the biological effects of ionizing radiation on the human body, scientists study various cohorts of people. These cohorts include, but are not limited to: Japanese atomic bomb survivors, early x-ray workers, people suffering from ankylosing spondylitis who have been treated with high x-ray doses and, of course, radium dial painters. Generally, these biological effects are discussed in the scientific literature very objectively and without much consideration of the human/emotional/legal side of the affected individuals. In this captivating book, the author remedies that situation. She follows two groups of young vivacious women who were hired as radium dial painters - one group in Orange, New Jersey and another in Ottawa, Illinois - as they eventually develop symptoms of radiation poisoning and suffer horrible consequences and, in many cases, agonizing death. Since all this started in an era where radium was considered a miracle substance beneficial to human health, it was difficult to attribute the women’s sickness to radium. And, of course the employers downplayed any detrimental effects, even when they eventually had medical evidence to the contrary. The women’s efforts towards proving the harmful effects of ionizing radiation, as well as their legal campaign, for them and their families, to be compensated by their former employers as they were sick and dying is extremely well and heart-wrenchingly described by the author along with the appalling details of their suffering. The author has written a page-turner, from cover to cover, in a very dramatic, objective and yet sympathetic tone that does justice to these brave, selfless women whose efforts have not been sufficiently brought to light until now thanks to this valuable book.
Date published: 2017-06-06