Suzanne Lilly's Reviews > The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women
The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women
This is an incredible story of the women who worked as luminous dial painters during the first half of the 20th century. It's also a chronicle of how far a company will go to protect its financial assets, disregarding the human equity costs. Well-researched and well-written, this book helped me understand how much workers today owe to the radium girls, for because of their experiences, we have laws protecting workers from harm. In addition, their experiences and bodies have contributed to the foundational knowledge scientists learned about the effects of radiation on living things. Due to the unfortunate events that framed their lives, we are now indebted to these women for their fight to protect any other people from ending up with a similar fate. This historical account is extremely moving and enlightening.
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