Title: The Radium Girls
By: Kate Moore
Genre: Non-fiction / Historical
Release Date: May 2nd, 2017
Summary from Goodreads: 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 that fully explores the strength of extraordinary women in the face of almost impossible circumstances and the astonishing legacy they left behind.
Review: This was such an intense book, I can hardly put into words what these women went through all because someone wanted to make a buck. They were told it was safe, over and over again, but the whole time they knew it wasn't. These women were dying terribly gruesome deaths, and they were being brushed under the carpet like what was happening was the women's fault. They stood up for them selves and brought light to the terrible crimes committed against them. Radium Girls takes you through the stories of some of those women. Their life and death. How they glowed in the dark from the radium powder. How well to do women worked in the factories for a few days so they could know what it was like to be a "Ghost" girl. This read was intense but great. If you like a good historical book, this is the one.
Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.