by Tacitus Sovetsky '23
Should you want to read Radium Girls, you can check it out in our library at Thornton Academy.
The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women
By Kate Moore
Kate Moore’s Radium Girls is a work of non-fiction that covers a group of “shining women”
who were exposed to a dangerous chemical called Radium while at work at a factory painting
watch dials. This substance got into their bones and refused to let them go. At one point in the
story, they are referred to as the living corpses. When they go to file suit against the United
States Radium Corporation (USRC), they find that the firm has no sympathy for their suffering.
When all hope seems to be lost, one man daringly steps up to take the case, lawyer Raymond
Berry. When he goes up against the firm he realizes that this is the biggest challenge he has
ever faced in his career. (In reality, the only challenge he has faced in his career). It is a race
against time, his clients, and the radium girls' inching towards death. The Radium Girls is a heart-rending and emotion-seizing work of labor history, a story of their life and death struggle, a fight for justice while a firm just ignores the cries for help, denying all responsibility.
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