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The Radium Girls: They paid with their lives. Their final fight was for justice. Download ☆ 104 Emma Watsons Our Shared Shelfbook club choice New York Times bestseller Fascinating Sunday Times Thrilling Mail on SundayAll they wanted was the chance to shine Be careful what you wish for The first thing we asked was Does this stuff hurt you And they said No The company said that it wasnt dangerous that we didnt need to be afraid As the First World War spread across the world young American women flocked to work in factories painting clocks watches and military dials with a special luminous substance made from r. In the early twentieth century one of the best jobs young girls and women in America could have involved something exciting and brand new radium Sparkling glowing and beautiful radium was also according to the companies that employed these young women completely harmless A century later the truth about radium and its assorted isotopes is all too well known In The Radium Girls Kate Moore tells the story of these young women seemingly so fortunate who were poisoned by the jobs they felt so lucky to haveRadium was widely heralded as a wondrous new substance after it was first isolated by the Curies It appeared to have an infinite number of uses one of the first of which was to make the numbers on clocks and watches easier to see Workers were needed to coat the dials with radium paint and the best and most efficient workers were women and girls some as young as 14 or 15 The work was pleasant and sociable the women sat around tables painting moistening the thin brushes in their mouths before they dipped them into the paint chatting eating and drinking while they worked sometimes taking extra paint home with them to practice with sometimes painting their teeth faces hair and clothing to make them sparkly When they left the studio their clothing would be covered with radium dust and would glow ghost like in the night The pay was good and the work was easy but then some of the women started having strange pains in their mouths and bones Their teeth would loosen and fall out and their jaws legs and ankles would develop permanent aches or even crumbleAfter some of the women died and became ill the companies making large profits on radium rushed to dismiss any hint that the work was unsafe Victims and their families sought relief and assistance but found they were responsible for their own mounting medical bills The federal state and local governments all disavowed any responsibility Eventually publicity stemming from lawsuits filed by some of the victims using their own scanty resources focused enough attention on the problem that governments felt compelled to set safety standards and regulationsThe Radium Girls is a horrifying read The careless ways in which radium was handled the indifference of the radium using industries and the governments involved to the safety of the women painters in contrast to the men who worked to produce the radium who were protected by lead shields and the pain and suffering of the women themselves are appalling The safety regulations and restrictions which were finally put into place hardly seem adeuate and the Epilogue and Postscript giving details of the women s later lives as well as an account of another industry that made careless use of radium as late as the 1970s are especially harrowingThis is a well written meticulously research and documented account of tragedies that never should have been The radium girls lives can t be returned to them but thanks to Kate Moore we can remember and learn from their painSummary The Radium Girls: They paid with their lives. Their final fight was for justice.
The Radium Girls: They paid with their lives. Their final fight was for justice. Download ☆ 104 Ined to fight for justice Drawing on previously unpublished diaries letters and interviews The Radium Girls is an intimate narrative of an unforgettable true story It is the powerful tale of a group of ordinary women from the Roaring Twenties who themselves learned how to roarFurther praise for TheRadium Girls The importance of the brave andblighted dial painters cannot be overstated Sunday Times A perfect blend of the historical the scientific and the personal Bustle Thrilling and carefully crafted Mail on Sunday. What an amazing story this is It is jaw dropping to learn that radium was positioned as a health giving tonic in early C20th USA with companies created to exploit this wonder elementMoore s story revolves around dial painters girls some just teenagers and women employed to paint the numbers on clocks watches and other instruments using radium infused luminous paint Trained to shape the brushes by putting them in their mouths they ingest uantities of radium assured by the company that it ll put roses in their cheeksIt s frightening to see how these young women think it s glamorous to go home with their hands faces and clothes glowing in the dark and their innocence at eating lunch at the same tables at which they work with the radium paint Only later they start to get illMoore does a fine job of keeping the balance between her big story of corporate lies and cover ups and the intimate personal histories of the radium girls themselves The accounts of their sufferings are hard hitting and we re incensed at the way they are dismissed by fat cat company directors concerned with protecting their profits an uncaring burgeoning radium industry a largely ignorant medical profession and the red tape of legal bureaucracy that is ill fitted to deal with their casesThere are places where Moore s own emotions get the better of her and she inserts emotive asides or trembles barely on the right side of sentimentality but these are fewer than some of the negative reviews make out and honestly this is such a gut wrenching tale that I could understand and forgiveMost of all this is utterly compelling reading one of those books that I couldn t wait to get back to a must read
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The Radium Girls: They paid with their lives. Their final fight was for justice. Download ☆ 104 Adium It was a fun job lucrative and glamorous the girls shone brightly in the dark covered head to toe in dust from the paint However as the years passed the women began to suffer from mysterious and crippling illnesses It turned out that the very thing that had made them feel alive their work was slowly killing them the radium paint was poisonous Their employers denied all responsibility but these courageous women in the face of unimaginable suffering refused to accept their fate uietly and instead became determ. This is one these books that will stay with you long after you finished reading it The suffering the indifference the greed the lies the audacity 90 years later it is still easy to imagine it happening over and over again