The Radium Girls by Kate Moore

The Radium Girls

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. Meanwhile, hundreds of girls toil amidst the glowing dust of the radium-dial factories. The ...

Details The Radium Girls

TitleThe Radium Girls
Release DateMay 2nd, 2017
GenreNonfiction, History, Science, Biography, Historical

Reviews The Radium Girls

  • Chelsea Humphrey
    Congratulations-winner of Best Historical & Biography 2017!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 feeling...
  • Cheri
    !! NOW AVAILABLE !!4.5 Stars rounded upI 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...
  • Pouting Always
    I saw a lot of positive reviews for this one so I really wanted to read it and I'm glad I did. During the beginning of the twentieth century radioactive elements were newly discovered and many were excited about the possible curative uses for them. One of the elements radium was used to paint watch dials as well as in many beauty and health products marketed to the masses. When World War I broke out the production of radium painted clocks rose an...
  • Carol
    Whew! What a gut-wrenching read...and fight...for truth and justice!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 pai...
  • Diane S ☔
    What seemed like a fun, good paying job, especially for the times turns into an epic nightmare of pain and suffering for the girls who worked with radium, hand painting dials. My eldest granddaughter lived in Ottawa for a time and it is a town that is quaint, charming and has a great state park, Starved Rock, that we have gone to for years. I never knew about this factory nor anything about the history of these poor girls before this book. The au...
  • Lou
    I found this book very different from anything I've ever read previously. It evoked such emotion with the details it revealed throughout and was both highly readable and thrilling. These women deserve to be recognised for the huge sacrifices they made, all they asked was the same as most of us do now - a steady job with money coming in, yet, what they got turned into something else entirely. Kate Moore did exactly what she set out to do by writin...
  • Evelina | AvalinahsBooks
    Update!!! Interview with the author can now be found here: 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 w...
  • Brenda
    Kate Moore’s well-researched true story tells us of the lives of the “shining girls” condersided the luckiest girls alive to have found the most coveted jobs using the “wonder” substance radium to paint dials. We learn of their feelings of joy, excitement, and independence at having such glamorous jobs, to them becoming ill and their bodies starting to deteriorate and then some to their deaths. To others realizing their jobs are causing...
  • Erin
    All the stars for this well researched nonfiction that is just infused with emotion. Kate Moore writes in such a manner that I quickly became immersed in the stories of the American women in the 1920's and 1930's that were exposed to radium poisoning. What these women and their families went through to have the truth heard in the courts and in the country! I felt so furious at the company that refused for so long to admit their wrongdoing. Imagin...
  • Juli
    In the early 1900s Radium was a sensation. The Curie's discovery was touted as a cure-all, a miracle, a wonder. At the time, little was understood about the side effects of handling Radium, however. 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, makin...
  • Saleh MoonWalker
    Onvan : The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women - Nevisande : Kate Moore - ISBN : 149264935X - ISBN13 : 9781492649359 - Dar 480 Safhe - Saal e Chap : 2017
  • Vicki
    I had never heard of the radium girls I had seen the glowing green dials of clocks when I was a girl. We had a Westclox alarm clock in my room. The glow at night allows us to know when we could sleep longer. I never knew that was radium making it glow. 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 f...
  • Debra
    4.5 StarsImagine 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 as long as 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 ...
  • Jill Croce-McGill
    "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."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 ...
  • Liz
    Here's another nonfiction book that reads as quickly and easily as a mystery. After a quick prologue about the Curies, the book begins in earnest in 1917 at the watch dial painting factory. What first struck me was that these girls truly were girls, mostly in their teens. Schooling beyond the elementary grades wasn't something the working classes could afford. The book gives a great account not only of the limits of science, but also the limits a...
  • Barbara
    4.5 starsAs 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 ga...
  • Hirdesh
    4.5 Shining Stars.Glorious one as the Victory of The Radium Girls ! !Dip.......Lip........Paint.......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 w...
  • Rebecca McNutt
    This somber story chronicles the lives of the Radium Girls, female factory workers exposed to large quantities of radium by the men who assured them that it was harmless. Trying to get the factory to take full responsibility, this women's fight for justice was wracked with scandal, denial and cover-ups, but it's ultimately a story of hope and power reclaimed.
  • Sarah
    I finished finally. This is one of those books you will always remember. This book is about how The Radium Girls revealed the danger of radiation. They actually glowed in the dark. During World War I and years after, women and girls worked in radium dial factories painting dials on to clocks, watches and airplane instruments. The paint got everywhere, in their hair, on their clothes, on their hands. And so they glowed !!!They were told that it wa...
  • Stephanie Anze
    "Dip... Lip... Paint"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...
  • Marchpane
    A heartbreaking account of the Radium Girls, young women afflicted by radiation exposure during the early 20th century. The book takes us into their workplaces, where they laughed and gossiped while painting watch dials with luminous, radium-based paint. At the time, radium was already known to be dangerous, at least in scientific circles. Somewhat paradoxically it was also touted as miracle cure-all, sold in tonics and expensive spa treatments.O...
  • Louise Wilson
    This is a true story about the young women who were exposed to radium and their struggle for justice.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...
  • Carolyn
    Although, as a scientist myself who has worked with radioisotopes, I had heard of the women workers who died as a result of painting radium on clock and instrument dials in the 1920s, I wasn't prepared for the sheer horror of the story that unfolds in this book. It wasn't just the naivety of the girls and their bosses with regard to the dangers of radium that shocked me but the way the corporations lied to the girls when the dangers were recognis...
  • Erin
    In the teens and 1920's one of the best jobs a young woman could get involved an exciting and new substance called Radium. Radium was a sparkling and glowing new wonder that was used in watches, clocks, weapons, and makeup. According to the companies that used it, Radium was completely harmless. They were lying and more importantly they knew it was deadly and worked for 40 years to cover it up. The Radium Girls is a horrifying and disturbing read...
  • ☮Karen
    I listened to this on audio, with speed turned up as the narrator was one of those slow talkers, and it's a long book! It's a good book too, very good story, heartbreaking, in fact. Teenage girls mostly, going to work in the factories during WWI and afterwards, painting radium on military dials and watches. Not much was known about radium at the time; some suspected it might be dangerous but there were also those who thought it a miracle cure-all...
  • Vivian
    Death sentences for corporate greed. I remember an old Westclox in the house when I was young. I was amazed at how the numerals glowed at night, how beautiful they were. It seemed like magic. Radioactivity is kind of magical and deadly.In the admirable process of humanizing the tragedy, the reader proceeds down the path the majority of the dial painters' lives took as their health mysteriously began to fail. Young, vibrant women who were suddenly...
  • Marialyce
    This book made me cry. It made me cry for the girls who were so brave, so sick, and so dedicated to one another so that the truth would be known. It made me cry for the greed that men, doctors and lawyers showed for these girls to let them suffer so while knowing the dangers of the substance they were working with. It made me cry to think of parents deprived of their daughters, children deprived of their mothers, and husbands deprived of their wi...
  • Mrs. Europaea
    What a way to end Women's History Month. Saddest history lesson ever. If you've never heard of the The Radium Girls, you need to read this book. The Radium Girls is a thorough examination of a rarely heard about piece of history. Moore tells the story of corporate greed and dishonesty, showcasing the injustice done when the businesses refused to protect these hardworking women. It's a very emotional text about a fascinating history, a long fought...
  • ♥ Sandi ❣
    4 starsSuch a good, but sad book. The investigation that went into this book is astounding. The author Kate Moore had to have spent every single waking minute on this book. To accumulate the facts and discover the court records and newspaper articles from the early 1900's in both New Jersey and Illinois, the transcripts and family histories, pictures and quotations, the number of documents alone had to have numbered into the thousands. Extremely ...
  • Dorie
    This is the first non fiction book I’ve read in a long time and it is a good one. I had never read anything about the tragedy that consumed a large number of young women working with radium, painting dials on clocks and other instrument panels.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 ...