The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women (Paperback)

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"Kate Moore discovered the 'radium girls' while directing a play in London by Melanie Marnich, 'These Shining Lives.' The play was based on true events, and as Moore researched the story of these lives, she realized that they had never been given the justice they deserved. Upon the discovery of radium, young women were hired to paint watch faces in radium factories, assured of not only the safety, but also the benefits of this new wonder. The Radium Girls is a compelling page turner that reads like a novel. The strength of these young women, as they literally fight for their lives in the early 1900s, is inspiring, and heart-breaking. From The London Theatre Review: 'bitterness turns to anger as you begin to realize how little value corporations, back then and now, placed on the lives of their workers and the public.' For those who liked The Secret Life of Henrietta Lacks and Hidden Figures, The Radium Girls is another story of the forgotten sacrifices made by women that ultimately changed lives."

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— Susan

May 2017 Indie Next List


“The harrowing true story of The Radium Girls is a compelling and forthright portrayal of a dark, insidious mystery and the 'shining girls' who revealed it. Author Kate Moore takes the reader from Orange, New Jersey, to Ottawa, Illinois, following several women who work at factories that specialize in painting watch faces and instrument dials with the glow-in-the-dark wonder element radium. As these women fall ill in various and dire ways in the ensuing years, they seek answers and relief from the very companies that would deny them. In The Radium Girls, Moore, like the 'shining girls' before her, casts a bright light on these lives lost too young.”
— Heather Herbaugh, Mitzi's Books, Rapid City, SD

Summer 2018 Reading Group Indie Next List


“This story of the first all-women class action lawsuit is one that everyone needs to read. Moore does a fabulous job of showing these women for who they were: real people, with families and lives that were torn apart by devastating health problems caused by years of working in a watch factory, painting glowing radium onto watch dials. A heartbreaking, inspiring story of strong women who stuck together through the most horrible of circumstances.”
— Maggie Henriksen, Saturn Booksellers, Gaylord, MI

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A New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and Amazon Charts Bestseller

For fans of Hidden Figures, comes the incredible true story of the women heroes who were exposed to radium in factories across the U.S. in the early 20th century, and their brave and groundbreaking battle to strengthen workers' rights, even as the fatal poison claimed their own lives...

In the dark years of the First World War, 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. 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. And, until they begin to come forward.

As the women start to speak out on the corruption, the factories that once offered golden opportunities ignore all claims of the gruesome side effects. 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. A timely story of corporate greed and the brave figures that stood up to fight for their lives, these women and their voices will shine for years 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...



Product Details
ISBN: 9781492650959
ISBN-10: 1492650951
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication Date: March 6th, 2018
Pages: 496
Language: English

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