The Radium Girls
The Radium Girls The Dark Story of America's Shining Women By Moore, Kate Book - 2017

THE RADIUM GIRLS is a 20th-century female version of the classic David vs. Goliath parable. It’s the inspiring, true story of ordinary women who fought for their rights against the powerful radium industry, while they also battled the devastating effects of radium poisoning. Several of the passages and photos depicting the illnesses and injuries suffered by the victims may be particularly difficult for sensitive readers. Although author Kate Moore’s writing sometimes seemed dry and repetitive, ultimately, the book is a thought-provoking testament to the women’s courage and perseverance. THE RADIUM GIRLS is also a cautionary reminder of what can happen when a business, because of greed and corruption, values corporate profits over the safety and well-being of its workers. For me, this makes the book all the more relevant and troubling for today’s world, given our government’s current policies of deregulation and weakening of industry and environmental standards. May this history never repeat itself.

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