TITLE: The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women
AUTHOR: Kate Moore
RELEASED: April 2017; Sourcebooks
KEY INFO: Historical biography, feminist history, dialpainters, women under capitalism
CONTENT NOTICES: explicit photographs and descriptions of radium poisoning
Ever heard of Catherine Donohue, Grace Fryer or Katherine Schaub? No? And yet these women have likely saved you from enduring the same bone-splintering fate from radium poisoning.
Kate Moore’s “Radium Girls” gives us a very personal and up-front account of the labouring women of the early 20th century whose bodies literally crumbled in front of their loved ones, while the denial of radium poisoning by greedy businessmen continued to cost more women’s lives.
Definitely a must-read for everyone but of particular interest to anyone interested in Feminist and Marxist histories.