Title: The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women
Author: Kate More
Synopsis: “The incredible true story of the young women exposed to the “wonder” substance of radium and their brave struggle for justice…
“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.
“A rich, historical narrative written in a sparkling voice, The Radium Girls is the first book the fully explores the strength of extraordinary women in the face of almost impossible circumstances and the astonishing legacy they left behind.”
Review: This book was really hard to read, while also being hard to put down. The descriptions of what happened to these women are horrific; I had nightmares after reading this. But it’s an important part of our history. Where would we be without the ground breaking legal battles that these brave women fought? They illuminated the way for future worker’s rights. With The Radium Girls, Kate Moore brings history to life. I truly felt like I got to know the women whose stories are being told here. At one point I was so into what I was reading that I literally burned water. Seriously, I was beginning dinner, making rice and the pot boiled dry while I was reading. There were flames.
It took me about 5 hours to read The Radium Girls, and I did nothing else while reading it. I had to finish, to find out what happened to these women, and make sure they got the justice they deserved. If you like history, or enjoy the safety laws that keep you safe at your job, I strongly recommend The Radium Girls.
**I received a free copy of this book, in exchange for my honest review, via NetGalley**
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