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The radium girls: the dark story of America's shining women

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A New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and Amazon Charts Bestseller!

"the glowing ghosts of the radium girls haunt us still."--NPR Books

For fans of Hidden Figures, comes the incredible true story of the women heroes who were exposed to radium in factories across the U.S. in the early 20th century, and their brave and groundbreaking battle to strengthen workers' rights, even as the fatal poison claimed their own lives...

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 glittering chemical covers their bodies from head to toe; they light up the night like industrious fireflies. With such a coveted job, these "shining girls" are the luckiest alive -- until they begin to fall mysteriously ill.

But the factories that once offered golden opportunities are now ignoring all claims of the gruesome side effects, and the women's cries of corruption. And as the fatal poison of the radiumtakes hold, the brave shining girls find themselves embroiled in one of the biggest scandals of America's early 20th century, and in a groundbreaking battle for workers' rights that will echo for centuries to come.

Written with a sparkling voice and breakneck pace, The Radium Girlsfully illuminates the inspiring young women exposed to the "wonder" substance of radium, and their awe-inspiring strength in the face of almost impossible circumstances.Their courage and tenacity led to life-changing regulations, research into nuclear bombing, and ultimately saved hundreds of thousands of lives...

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Consumers' leagues -- United States -- History
Electronic books
Industrial hygiene -- United States -- History -- 20th century
Radium paint -- Toxicology
Watch dial painters -- Diseases -- United States -- History
World War, 1914-1918 -- War work -- United States
World War, 1914-1918 -- Women -- United States
title_displayThe radium girls : the dark story of America's shining women
title_fullThe Radium Girls The Dark Story of America's Shining Women
The radium girls : the dark story of America's shining women / Kate Moore
The radium girls : the dark story of America's shining women [electronic resource] / Kate Moore
title_shortThe radium girls
title_subthe dark story of America's shining women
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Consumers' leagues
Electronic books
Industrial hygiene
Radium paint
War work
Watch dial painters
Women's Studies
World War, 1914-1918