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

Horrifying that companies could knowingly endanger workers lives and not be held responsible under the law. I was heartsick with how short, painful and scary the lives of the radium girls were. These girls who painted dials with glow in the dark radium for war planes and watches would suddenly become ill sometimes within a few months and sometimes within a few years of working there. Their teeth would start to fall out and the holes would not heal and then pieces of their jaw would start to disintegrate and fall off. Their joints would lock up or their bones would hurt and start to break on their own or start growing cancerous growths. And the companies would try to blame it on women hysterics or bad hygiene or STDs. Totally despicable. Thanks to these women who stood up to the establishment, workers have the protections that they do today. The author introduces you to each of the affected women and as a reader, you start to care deeply about these women due to all the personal antidotes the author tells you about them. And since radium poisoning is incurable, most of these women die slow, painful deaths. This book will haunt you long after you read it.

I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.

I received a free advanced copy of this book from NetGalkey for review consideration.

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