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

Pricing and Purchase Info

$34.26 online 
$37.99 list price save 9%
Earn 171 plum® points

Prices and offers may vary in store


In stock online

Ships free on orders over $25

Available in stores


A New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestseller!Emma Watson's Our Shared Shelf Bookclub Selection - May/June 2018 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 http://www.kate-moore.c...
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

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:149264935X

ISBN - 13:9781492649359


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gripping Gripping account of some of the lives of the women working in the Radium industry earlier last century. Beautifully written.
Date published: 2018-08-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Shocking! Very brave and sad. Painful to read how women were literally falling apart...
Date published: 2018-08-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put this book down I bought this book because it was on sale and it was worth it! I could not put it down. A remarkable book about a group of young women who had no idea of the dangers they were being subjected to on a daily basis. Shameful how any employer could deny and hide their culpability after seeing the horrific illnesses these young women endured and suffered through. Their strength, courage and grace to stand up and fight while their bodies, employers and legal system betrayed them is remarkable. A must read!
Date published: 2018-07-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Breathtaking What an important read! It was interesting and well written. And so horrifying!! These poor women who suffered at the hands of big corporations, who were robbed of so much, and endured the agonizing pain of radium poisoning used their last breath seeking justice not just for them, but all the women who unknowingly risked their lives dial painting with luminous radium paint, and to ensure that this would never happen again. Not just about the effects of radium poisoning, this book highlights the struggle women had at the time of being heard. And it’s is truly heartbreaking. It’s a commentary on big corporations that still holds, I feel. Human life is valued less than profit, to the point that toxic waste was sold and placed in school playgrounds, mixed with the sand!! This is AFTER knowing what atrocities can occur as a result of being exposed to radium!! We owe these women (“the living dead”) a great debt of gratitude for the ways in which they shaped workplace safety standards, but also, we owe it to them to let their voices continue to be heard. Rip.
Date published: 2018-07-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lip-Dip-Paint…Lip-Dip-Paint…Lip-Dip-Paint… Lip-Dip-Paint…Lip-Dip-Paint…Lip-Dip-Paint…Lip-Dip-Paint…Lip-Dip-Paint…Lip-Dip-Paint Those words are going to haunt me for the rest of my life. This story is heartbreaking, infuriating and eye-opening. This made me rage even more than normal at American corporations. I also had no idea how heavily it was promoted to the workers! My god! I was under the (very wrong) impression that once we figured out that radium was bad, we stopped using it (oh how naive I was) but holy hell! They were using radium bi-product in children’s sandboxes! Just let that sink in! It was the cigarette industry before the cigarette industry! I had no idea how many products and places it was used in or the way corporations and government employees stuck their heads in the sand. EVEN WHEN PEOPLE WERE LITERALLY LOSING THEIR JAWS! I don’t understand how I never learnt about this or any of these women at all during my 12 years in school + 4 years getting a history degree + 2 years getting my library degree! Why isn’t this mentioned or taught when studying work safety, women’s studies, WWI history?! Related imageI did a bit of wandering around Google images for old newspaper articles and pictures which I would absolutely recommend! It’s rather shocking but being able to visually place a face to the names made such an impact on me. It’s horrifying what had to happen to even get real safety standards in the workplace and how many people had to donate years of their lives. I loved the writing. It’s not a high paced adventure yet the book kept my attention all the way through and read like a fiction. I really found the media’s role in the whole court situation fascinating! RIP All these amazing women
Date published: 2017-11-10
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