The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women
Originally published in 2016 in the United Kingdom by Simon & Schuster UK --Title page verso.
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||World War, 1914-1918 - Women - United States, World War, 1914-1918 - War work - United States, Industrial hygiene - United States - History - 20th century, Watch dial painters - Diseases - United States - History, Radium paint - Toxicology
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A New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestseller! the glowing ghosts of the radium girls haunt us still. -NPR Books 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 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 radium takes 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.
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Kate Moore is a New York Times best selling writer with more than a decade's experience writing and ghosting across varying genres, including memoir, biography, and history. In 2015 she directed a critically acclaimed play about the Radium Girls called 'These Shining Lives.' She lives in the UK. Visit her at http: //www.kate-moore.com/.