The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women
The incredible true story of the women who fought America's Undark danger
The 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.
I'm going to try and not cry while writing this review. I actually read this one back at the beginning of October, but I was too emotional to write a review straight away and have avoided it since. Sometimes I have trouble with emotions; for many years I avoided some of the richest books with the highest quality stories because I simply was terrified of having to process the heavy feelings behind them. I've slowly begun working on th ...more
“I can’t laugh about those poor women who painted the clocks,” said Sarah. “That’s one thing I can’t laugh about.”...more
“Nobody wants you to.” said her grandmother. “You run along now.”
Sarah was referring to an industrial tragedy that was notorious at the time. Sarah’s family was in the middle of it, and sick about it. Sarah had already told me that she was sick about it, and so had her brother, my roommate, and so had their father and mother. The tragedy was a slow one that could not be stopped once
4.5 Stars rounded up
I wanted to showcase their shining spirits in a book that would tell their story – not just the story of the famous professionals who had helped them.
I aimed to chart their journey: from the joy of their first lucrative paycheck, through the first aching tooth, to the courage each girl had to find inside herself in order to fight back against the employer who had poisoned her.
I wanted to walk their routes to work and visit their homes and graves. I wished ...more
We start with a short eerie prologue from 1901, and soon see the chilling....never to be forgotten phrase: Lip...Dip...Paint - - - Such frightening words!
THE RADIUM GIRLS is a truly shocking non-fiction read about women in the 1920's who were hired to paint watch dials with a luminous and deadly substance. Young, naive and conscientious, the shining girls kept lip-dipping and painting to achieve that precise point even when symp...more
Imagine you have your first job. Imagine how proud you are. Or maybe it is not your first job, but it is a fun job where you get to socialize if you get your job done. A job that allows you to do something important for your country. Imagine you are helping your friends and sisters obtain a job as well. Imagine you work with a super cool substance which glows in the dark. A substance you believe is safe - your employer tells you is safe. A substance that one young woman painted on her o ...more
They were called The Girls With Radioactive Bones.
There were newspaper headlines such as ' Living Dead' Win In Court' about them.
And all that – almost a hundred years ago.
I'm going to tell you a very painful, sad, but strong story of fighting for your rights, for justice, for your honor even. So let's start.
If there was ever a time that I wanted to believe the Christian hell with burning pi ...more
When added to paint this 'liquid sunshine' could glow in the dark. In 1916, Radium Luminous Materials Corporation opened its doors in Newark, New Jersey and operated a watch dial studio that employed local girls, the daughters and granddaughters of immigrants, as painters.
One hundred years ago, before O ...more
In an era when most jobs for women were low paying, young women lined up for positions painting clock faces with radium paint. The jobs were high paying and gave them status in their community. The clock faces glowed a radiant green in the dark, making them a popular purchase. These girls sat for hou ...more
In the beginning radium was actually being hailed as a “health wonder” but it was soon discovered by many of the scientists working with radium that it could indeed be very dangerous. The young women took these jobs, offered by large factories, because the ...more
I also had no clue that girls, teenage girls had risked and lost their lives painting the numbers with a radium based paste to provide that glow.
This well researched book tells of the women that faced an agonizing death because of the companies d ...more
“Luminous Processes, declared the local paper, seems to put profits before people.”
‘How quickly we forget.’
Only the most hard -hearted among us could read this book without shedding tears. So be warned this book is not for the faint of heart and while the bravery of these young ladies is certainly inspirational, the anger and frustration I felt about their untimely and excruciating death ...more
As early as World War I 'glow in the dark' gauges and watch dials became vital to soldiers. These were manufactured by painting the faces of the devices with compounds containing the radioactive element radium. At the time, the dangers of fissionable elements was unknown, and - in fact - radium was touted as a boon to good looks and good health.
After the war - in the 1920s - large factories sprang up to feed the growing demand for the gauges, watches, and 'wellness products' containing ...more
The Radium Girls by Kate Moore is a powerful and heart-breaking story about young girls who worked in radium-dial painting factories in the early 1900's where they painted luminous dials on watches and clocks. At that time everyone was told radium was healthy, some would say a miracle, and they were encouraged to drink it to cure many illnesses - ...more
Glorious one as the Victory of The Radium Girls ! !
Great Thanks for Netgalley and respective publisher.
I had started late this book which led to Great book.
However, starting was slow. But, What a great rhythm had picked by story.
So many congratulations for Writer.
Writing was different and highly enthusiastic , lovely piece of description by Author.
Highly recommended to Genuine Readers.
Emotions were on Zenith as the Part 2 began throughout the b ...more
The Radium Girls is a horrifying and disturbing read. This book illustrates why government oversight a ...more
They were told that it was safe. The company viewed them as disposable and ...more
Those are the instructions given to the girls that started working in the Radium Lumnious Materials Corporation. The girls, some as young as fourteen, were in charge of painting dial numbers on watch faces and other products. Radium was hailed as miracle product and its luminocity stood out, quite literally. In the 1920's, this was the it job. It was glamorous. It payed well. It was even fun. It was also deadly. The girls did not know that everytime they put the brush in the ...more
Of course the radium in the paint would eventually ...more
In the early 1900's, young women took jobs painting luminous dials on watches and clocks. They were paid handsomely for the opportunity to work with radium, a new methods that was all the rage. The girls needed a steady hand and at times, to make the brush they were using even finer, the girls had to put them in their mouths. Radium was everywhere though. It was on their clothes, in the air and e ...more
[Katherine Schaub] was an a...more
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Grace Fryer: the girl who fought on when all hope seemed gone; the woman who stood up for what was right, even as her world fell apart. Grace Fryer, who inspired so many to stand up for themselves.”