Before I get into the review of the actual book I would be remiss if I did not state how fascinating these women’s stories were. I can’t believe I had never heard of their suffering before picking this book up for book club. How did I not learn about this in history class?! More on this after we discuss book details.
3 disco balls
Published: March 6, 2018 by Sourcebooks
Category: Non-fiction, History, Science
I do appreciate Kate Moore for bringing this story to my attention. I do wish the book was written and edited better. I am not afraid of big books (this one clocked in 406), but this one did not need to be that long. It was often repetitive and didn’t have a consistent flow. But, I learned so much. I was often angry and repulsed by what I learned and wondered how some of the executives, doctors and lawyers, etc. slept at night? My goodness. All the angry feels.
Okay going back to not knowing about these women: how was that possible when their legal battles “ultimately led to the establishment of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, which now works nationally in the United States to ensure safe working conditions.” (pg. 392) I was still fired up when I finished that I needed to know more.
I immediately found the documentary, Radium City, that inspired Kate Moore to write this book. I rented it on Vimeo for $0.99 and got to “meet” some of the women highlighted in the book, as well as the small town – just outside of Chicago – of Ottawa, IL (one of the factory sites).
Also during my research I found a Radium Girls film on IMDB.com. It seems that it was showcased at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival. I need to watch it when it becomes available to the public.
Have you heard of The Radium Girls and/or read the book? Do tell!
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