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The Radium Girls is the incredible true story of young, female workers who toiled in factories with Radium, shortly after it was discovered. During the first world war, Radium was touted as a miracle drug that would improve everything from body lotion to tonic water. As the young women who were immersed in the element daily started to become increasingly ill, the factories that they worked for tried harder to cover up what was really happening. Radium Girls is not only the story of a scandal and corruption, but the awe-inspiring strength of young women placed in deadly circumstances.
"Carefully researched, the work will stun readers with its descriptions of the glittering artisans who, oblivious to health dangers, twirled camel-hair brushes to fine points using their mouths, a technique called lip-pointing...Moore details what was a 'ground-breaking, law-changing, and life-saving accomplishment' for worker's rights."
- Publishers Weekly
"This timely book celebrates the strength of a group of women, whose determination to fight improved both labor laws and scientific knowledge of radium poisoning. Written in a highly readable, narrative style, Moore's chronicle of these inspirational women's lives is sure to provoke discussion-and outrage-in book groups."
- Booklist-STARRED review
Moore is intent on making the reader viscerally understand the pain in which these young women were living, and through which they had to fight in order to get their problems recognized...The story of real women at the mercy of businesses who see them only as a potential risk to the bottom line is haunting precisely because of how little has changed; the glowing ghosts of the radium girls haunt us still."
- NPR Books
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