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The Radium Girls by Kate Moore

The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women - Kate Moore

This book takes on an important historical topic in relation to occupational health and safety, but the writing isn't as engaging as I would have liked. The tone sometimes veers towards the sentimental and melodramatic, perhaps in an attempt to make the story more personal, or maybe it was influenced by the sensational tone of newspaper articles from the era which were used as sources. Nevertheless, these women who worked as radium dial painters in early 20th century America endured horrible suffering and should be remembered for their subsequent role in the improvement of work safety standards.