The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women by Kate Moore

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Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

WOW…this book is a must read and I will warn you, not for the faint of heart.  This is the incredible true story of the women who fought America’s Undark danger.

At this time, there was a newly discovered element called Radium, making headlines across the nation as the face of new beauty products and wonder drug of the medical community.  The made anything from body lotion to a water you could drink that would make you look and feel younger.  The radium was a bright light in the dark times for the First World War.  The radium was being used for watches sent to the military, because they glowed in the dark,

Hundreds of girls flocked to these factories to work among the glowing dust.  The glittering chemical would cover their entire bodies making themselves glow in the dark.  These factory girls were called “shining girls” and considered the ‘luckiest alive’ to have this opportunity…until they began to fall mysteriously ill.

Now, the factories who once offered amazing 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.

A harrowing story that shows the strength some of these women had, even on their death beds they were fighting for each other under the most impossible circumstances.  Although what these women accomplished, led to life-changing regulations, research into nuclear bombing, and ultimately saved hundreds of thousands of lives.

 

 

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