Book Discussion: The Radium Girls, North Branch, Zoom

This program was on Apr 13, 2021
Event type: 
Books & Authors
Target audience: 

Ages 18 and older.  Limited free copies of the book will be available.  Ask your librarian for details about discussion meetings, or call to register over the phone.  You may also register online by visiting

The Radium Girls by Kate Moore

In the midst of World War I, the newly discovered element radium takes the media by storm, illuminating scientific and modern progress and distracting the public from the frightening realities of the war.  Believed to be a wonder drug, radium is quickly adopted into cosmetics, watches, toys, and health spas.  When girls working in radium manufacturing plants begin to fall mysteriously ill, an investigation discovers the horrifying truth.  Five women successfully sue the factories to initiate labor safety laws and enforce workers’ rights.

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