Rating: 5 out of 5.

Radium GIrls by kate moore, 506 pp

non-fiction, medical & legal

I wonder how many odd looks I received from drivers passing me in my neighborhood as I stomped along the side roads, gesticulating at the air, infuriated with the plight of radium dial-painters in NJ and IL. Radium Girls documents the untold horror history of the ignored conditions of women workers at the hands of dismissive male management in the first part of the twentieth century. Their hard-fought, tedious fight led to ground-breaking federal oversight and safeguards in working conditions. Thank you, Kate Moore for your research and writing this history into our library of knowledge. For a biographical historical fiction account of one of the main figures, Catherine Donohue, check out Luminous: The Story of a Radium Girl by Samantha Wilcoxson. I haven’t read it yet, but it looks great.

I listened to this one on Audible and can share the link if you’re interested – drop me a comment through the Contact page.

More great reads this spring!

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