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The Radium Girls Extended Excerpt
The Radium Girls Extended Excerpt | Kate Moore
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4thhouseontheleft
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Despite my dislike of the writing style, and previous rant, I absolutely have to give this book a 👍. The experiences of the Radium Girls need to be remembered, because corporate greed continues to this day, and there are many companies out there who still try to evade environmental regulations, to the detriment of communities and workers. Every time I hear someone bemoan “regulations“, I am going to refer them to this book. #NFNov

4thhouseontheleft ✔️ #nonfiction2019 : something with law or medicine. @Riveted_Reader_Melissa and first book completed first #NFNovember @Clwojick @rsteve388 2w
Riveted_Reader_Melissa That one‘s still on my to read list, I‘m so glad you found it interesting. 2w
4thhouseontheleft @Riveted_Reader_Melissa I don‘t think I would recommend the audiobook, I switched over to the ebook to finish it off. 2w
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @4thhouseontheleft Good to know, some are definitely better in one format over another! 2w
rsteve388 6 pts 1w
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4thhouseontheleft
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Reading this paragraph in the epilogue sent chills up my spine. So many similarities to an environmental health crisis currently happening in my own community. My town is dealing with an Ocular Melanoma cancer cluster, the cause of which has not been determined. We also live near a Duke Energy plant that has coal ash ponds, & coal ash in the past was buried in multiple locations around our area. It's a huge problem and concern. 😢#TIL #NFNov

Hestapleton This story is HAUNTING. 2w
Scochrane26 I like that the Radium girls case helped increase regulations & workers‘ rights, but I kept thinking of how many of the same situations still happen. How many towns are living on top of hazardous chemicals/waste? And a lot of regulations have been let go since trump took office. 2w
rsteve388 4 pts 1w
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4thhouseontheleft
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#TIL: Even in a heavily researched book involving both law and medicine, the author still can‘t use anatomically correct terms for female reproductive parts, relying on the euphemism “down below” instead?

FFS, that‘s ridiculous. In a book about courageous women who were empowered to fight back against corruption and corporate greed, and the author can‘t say vagina? Come on, break the stigma, stop the shaming.

Okay. Rant over. #NFNov

4thhouseontheleft Soapbox moment continued, because as an #endowarrior this really pisses me off to read this in a recently published nonfiction book dealing with an industrial health crisis that affected mostly women. Dealing with endometriosis for years, do you know how much easier my life would have been in my 20‘s if female gynecological problems were taken more seriously? #breakthestigma 2w
marleed Oh geez, to my chagrin, I didn‘t notice that. Very good point! 2w
4thhouseontheleft @marleed My battle with endometriosis has made my ears finely tuned to this. And if you can‘t tell 😂, it‘s an issue I am particularly passionate about. ☺️ 2w
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marleed @4thhouseontheleft I understand. When I was raising my 2 kids, I read advice on using anatomically correct terms - penis, vagina... The logic was that using cutesy terms is babyish and as kids mature those terms embarrass them. And then you are left with no teenage and grown terms in which to communicate. I believed that so never assigned cutesy or vulgar names. 2w
4thhouseontheleft @marleed I see that in my parents. While they both are always extremely interested and concerned when I have endo flare-ups, and during my two surgeries, but both my parents (they are 70) are incapable of saying vagina or uterus, and still visibly flinch when I use those words (along with tampon, period, etc etc that my dad likes to call “women‘s problems”.) 🙄 2w
Eyelit Omg. This is so disappointing- especially since it‘s a female author. 2w
wanderinglynn So disappointing. You should totally write the author about this because I think you have a great & compelling story that would resonate and stigmatizing genitals, especially the female reproductive system, is an important social issue. 2w
LauraJ FFS indeed! 2w
4thhouseontheleft @wanderinglynn That's what I said to my husband! I probably will email the author after I finish the book. 2w
LaraS I second everything everyone has said here. Language matters, and how we use it can both give power or take it away. (edited) 2w
rsteve388 4 pts 1w
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4thhouseontheleft
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#NFNov #TIL: One thing that stands out in the section I listened to today is just how deep and long-lasting the corruption and cover-up was to keep radium poisoning out of the public‘s eye. The women who fought both a battle inside their body and in the courtroom were such amazing and courageous souls.

lele1432 So infuriating 2w
Scochrane26 I agree. This book also made me think about how often corrupt companies & governments have let greed win over peoples‘ well-being. It happens now, of course. It‘s infuriating. 2w
ElizaMarie I really liked this book. As you mentioned those women were amazing! 2w
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Crimson613 Radium poisoning? 2w
4thhouseontheleft @crimson613 The women in this book all worked in factories during WWI and after that painted watch dials with a luminous paint that contained radium. The technique they used (shaping the brush tip with their lips) as well as constantly being covered in luminous bits of paint caused severe health problems that often led to death. The companies ignored - and then covered up - what was happening, denying that radium was a problem. 2w
Crimson613 @4thhouseontheleft oh wow :/ but also not surprising 2w
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4thhouseontheleft
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I took a break from this book in October at the 1/2 way point, but have come back to it for #nonfictionNovember. It really plods along though. It‘s such an important book, and I‘m learning a lot, but I have a hard time keeping track of all the women Moore researched, and a lot of the personal stories are blending together.

#NFNov

Bookwormjillk I had trouble with that one too 2w
Lcsmcat This is one that might be easier in print. I read it as an eBook and being able to see the names, and the photos that were included, helped me keep them all straight. 2w
4thhouseontheleft @Lcsmcat There are photos? I might see if my library has an available copy and finish it in print. Thank you! 2w
Lcsmcat @4thhouseontheleft There are. And some are heartbreaking. 2w
rsteve388 This is on my TBR list for this month! 1 pt! 2w
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throwmeabook
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Thank you to all my #poutinepenpals for you patience. All my responses and intro cards are done and going out to you! 💕💌💕 On another note, I was listening to the tagged book while writing and just heartbroken for what these women had to go through. So many vibrant lives cut short way too soon.

mcctrish Yay for snail mail ❤️ 3w
PurpleyPumpkin Woohoo!👍🏽😉💌 3w
LA_Mead That book was so good, but it kind of creeped me out too... I felt bad for those women too! 3w
sherryvdh 💌💞😃 3w
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CoffeeCatsBooks
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The girls‘ fate in this book is certainly Grim. #scarathlon #chillingphotochallenge #TeamStoker

TheReadingMermaid 🧟‍♀️ 1mo
ElizaMarie This book was amazing! (edited) 1mo
CoffeeCatsBooks @ElizaMarie Yes but also gutting! 1mo
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4thhouseontheleft
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#Audiocooking and trying to finish this book I started in September. It‘s a long one!

12 bottles of elderberry syrup ready to be labeled! And this is only batch one! I‘m selling it to my neighbors and have 30 orders to prepare and deliver.

AmyG Wow! And Radium Girls is good...but a slow read. Lots of info. 1mo
4thhouseontheleft @AmyG It‘s a great read, but it is slow. I‘m only 1/3 of the way through it. 1mo
Bookwormjillk I wish you were my neighbor! 1mo
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4thhouseontheleft
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I spent a LOT of time in my car this afternoon, and have made a lot of progress in this audiobook! Waiting to pick up Maya at XC, and then I can finally head home.

Radium Girls is classified as history and science, but it also reads as a true horror story to me. The way these women were treated, and what they endured, is horrendous. 😢

IamIamIam This was a really tough read! 2mo
JamieArc It is, and I had to stop listening because it was so terrible (the dental stuff was making me nauseous to listen to, and I was afraid I was going to have nightmares!). 2mo
janeycanuck It‘s absolutely terrible how those women were treated! 2mo
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lele1432 Definitely true horror. I couldn't get into the audiobook but luckily picked this ebook up on sale a few days ago. I need to start it! 2mo
4thhouseontheleft @lele1432 I‘m not a huge fan of the narrator, but the book is fantastic. I do have a hard time keeping all of the separate stories straight when listening on audio. 2mo
lele1432 Yep, it was the narrator for me too lol. A little too robotic and I didn't want it to distract me from the story. I bet it is fantastic! 2mo
Scochrane26 It made me angry in parts of story because of how the women were treated. Greed, power, corruption. And it‘s frustrating knowing that these things still go on today. One of my favorites this yr though—I learned a lot & liked that she focuses on the women‘s stories. 2mo
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Dcueto
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After watching Chernobyl, this one caught my eye. These poor girls...

Readswithcoffee Agreed. Good book about a terrible event. 2mo
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4thhouseontheleft
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Didn‘t listen to my audiobook on today‘s hike, but I did talk about it! Went on a hike with a friend who also loves to read and we talked books most of the day. 😍

I love this view. It‘s the best and closest ⛰ hike in the area that can be completed while the kids are in school.

Lcsmcat Pretty! 2mo
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Insightsintobooks
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Lcsmcat Such a good book! 2mo
perfectsinner Great read! Heartbreaking story. I bought this last year and a Christmas gift to myself. Although it's hard to swallow the injustices done to those women, it's a story that needs to be told. 2mo
allureofbeauty I have this and still need to read it. 2mo
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4thhouseontheleft
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Started my next 🎧 book on this morning‘s #audiowalk!

Change of scenery, taking a walk along one of the greenway‘s near Maya‘s school that goes past my favorite Charlotte park! They‘re setting up for this weekend‘s art festival, which we plan on going to this weekend. 🖼 👩🏻‍🎨

Enjoying the slightly lower temps while they last.

AmyG Lovely! 2mo
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coffeeandwashitape
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🧪 Currently working through The Radium Girls for #ScienceSeptember and wow, it‘s horrifying on every level. From the side effects, the higher ups turning a blind eye, and the court cases. I‘m only half way through and I can‘t imagine having experienced this. ⁣

Also weirdly fascinated by the side effects of the radium? The glowing coffin? I‘m just horrified and fascinated at the same time. ⁣

#nonfiction #science #history #currentlyreading

Blaire This was a fantastic read 2mo
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howjessreads
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1. I got SO MAD at the business owners for trying to cover up the girls‘ sicknesses. 😡😡
2. Parks & Rec! (I am Leslie Knope.)
3. A piece of bacon and an apple. 🤷🏼‍♀️
4. AZ. Which is its own special thing.
5. Striped Girl. #friyayintro

ShyBookOwl I am LITERALLY watching Parks & Rec right now, while scrolling Litsy 😅 I am not Leslie, but I do love her. I'm probably April with a filter lol 2mo
marleed Months have gone by since reading - I‘m still mad at the radium companies. Also that I didn‘t know this story. 2mo
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Laughterhp
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I couldn‘t resist the 50% Barnes and Noble sale this past weekend. My haul came in!

I‘m so overwhelmed by the size of Priory! 800 pages! 😬

One of my goals for next year is to read 1 NF book a month. I don‘t currently read any. I‘m looking forward to read The Radium Girls.

#bookhaul #newbooks

IvoryLunatic Priory sounds awesome but sadly my library doesn‘t have it yet. 2mo
TheBookStacker Priory flies by and then I was sad when it was over and I had nothing left 2mo
Scochrane26 I loved the Radium girls. Very interesting, but it will make you mad. And some parts you don‘t want to listen to while cooking or eating. 2mo
Laughterhp @Scochrane26 Haha good to know! Thanks for the heads up 2mo
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the_hibernator
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Great book to start off my Labor Day #Readathon. Must-read for social justice warriors.

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WriterAtHeart
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Very informative read! These women were subjected to large amounts of radium- so much so they literally glowed- and many doctors and company executives claimed it wasn't the radium. How hard it was for the girls to win at court was amazing. A great story to remember the women who lost their lives and what their deaths did for industrial laborer protections.

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Maude
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This book made me queasy and angry but was still a good read. It was well written, felt like a good representation of the times.

Lcsmcat I had the same reaction. And, since it was on my Kindle, I tended to read it while eating. Not a good idea. 😱 3mo
Maude I don't think I could of ate while reading this 😮 3mo
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Angitron
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Oy. This was a tough read about the women who painted glow in the dark dials and clock faces, initially for WWI. The paint contained radium, and they were instructed to “Lip...dip...paint” in order to make the brush tips as pointed as possible. These women withstood immense suffering and the actions of the companies they worked for were unconscionable. Their fight for justice paved the way for the rights workers enjoy today.

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Literatigeek
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Beware: This book will make you acutely aware of every ache and pain you have, and livid at all capitalists (especially from the 1920s).

RaimeyGallant YESSSSS 4mo
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paulareadsallthetime
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“The girls had been given a death sentence; yet, they had also been given the tools to fight their cause—to fight for justice”.

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paulareadsallthetime
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“The girls had been given a death sentence; yet, they had also been given the tools to fight their cause—to fight for justice”.

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Pedrocamacho
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The story of the Radium Girls is a guy-wrenching study of human greed, cruelty, indifference, and triumph.

britt_brooke This story blew my mind. So devastating. 4mo
Pedrocamacho @britt_brooke Yeah, the constant and blatant lying by the corporate employees is shocking. These women were ingesting something lethal and the company didn‘t care at all. 4mo
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Lcsmcat
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Read this book. Don‘t read it while you eat, and take breaks when you need to, but read it. All the way to the end. Including the Postscript. It made me angry and sad and so grateful to these women.

UnidragonFrag Agree, same. This book made me SO angry and sad for these poor women and their families. Awful stuff, this. 4mo
sebrittainclark Same! It's not an easy read, but it's so important! 4mo
dsfisher The fear that this kind of corporate greed still harms many today is frightening and makes the hackles rise. 4mo
Lcsmcat @dsfisher Truth! And the postscript situation was in 1978! Not nearly long enough ago. 4mo
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Lcsmcat
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1. Tagged;
2. Gin and Tonic or iced tea;
3. The Norwegian delivery was placed inside, and the cabinet doors closed with a quiet thump. #weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

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Lcsmcat
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I can only read this in short bursts because it makes me so ANGRY, and the descriptions of what these girls went through makes my face hurt. But it‘s such a necessary story for the world to know.

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AnnaClark
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Love this reference to Hamlet.

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janeycanuck
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Great discussion about Radium Girls at this week‘s #GirlyBookClub. This was such a compelling read and we were all fascinated by the tales of these women. It didn‘t feel like a 400-page book, which is always a sign of incredible writing.

britt_brooke This story is so sad and truly nuts. 💔 5mo
janeycanuck @britt_brooke When I made the restaurant reservation, the fellow asked what we read this month. I told him and he says “THAT‘S A TRUE STORY?!” and then said he needed to find the book immediately. 5mo
britt_brooke @janeycanuck It‘s totally a stranger than fiction situation. 5mo
MarriedtoMrT I loved this book! It was one of the first nonfiction titles I read (for pleasure as an adult). 5mo
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AnnaClark
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Starting a new book on Kindle. Excited for this one!

Broke_Girl_Reads I loved this one! I read it for my book club and it was one of our best discussions 5mo
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Lcsmcat
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Late to the@party, I know, but I started this on my lunch hour, and now I don‘t want to go back to work. #currentlyreading

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Redjewel_7734
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Wow. This is a book that should be read by all even if it is a hard, heartbreaking read. I live that Moore tells the womens‘ stories. This isn‘t a bunch of stale facts, figures, statistics, and medical/scientific jargon; it‘s the shining lives of many beautiful, strong inspiring women betrayed by the companies they worked for, by laws that didn‘t adequately protect them, & by communities that valued jobs over people. They were the best of us all.

tammysue Great review 💞 5mo
youneverarrived So true. Great review 👌 5mo
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EKonrad 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 5mo
Redjewel_7734 @EKonrad Thanks 😊 5mo
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janeycanuck
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I have two things I must accomplish this weekend - get the house ready for our hardwood install and finish this for bookclub. We spent about 9 hours tearing out baseboards and casing and we‘re so close to ready. So now it‘s time to turn my attention to my book. Only 170 pages left!

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Lylah
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Blaire This book!! Loved it. 5mo
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ElizaMarie
Pickpick

So.. I just couldn‘t stop listening to this one! It was so so good! It‘s heartbreaking the suffering these women faced, yet they persisted and fought on.

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Deborah42
The Radium Girls | Kate Moore (Writer and editor)
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While I didn‘t love everything about how this book was written, I cannot get the (TRUE) story out of my head.

The radium girls worked in a factory where they painted luminescent numbers on watch faces. The glowing paint contained radium, which was thought to be harmless. Of course, even after the factory owners knew it was dangerous, they continued to deny it.

A good book to pick up if you want to get in touch with your molten core of rage.

Ekkross I think being in touch with my molten core of rage is my default setting 5mo
marleed I completely agree, the facts you learn are heart wrenching. I had to remind myself the book was nonfiction. I wonder if she could have made the telling better as an historical fiction. It‘s one of those books when I hold the editing team at fault for the final writing. 5mo
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ElizaMarie
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So this book was going to be my drive home book (Saturday I‘m doing a 3 day drive back to Texas from Connecticut). But I listened to see if I can handle the voice (that is a make or break for me with audiobooks) and I got hooked! I‘m already several chapters in :) it‘s a griping story!

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Vulpixen
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This book was so riveting. I couldn‘t stop listening. Highly recommended!

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HoneyBeeLee
Pickpick

This book is so good. Very informative and well written. Writer does an amazing job of not just telling the girls story but letting the girls personalities show too in the writing. These girls were put through the wringer and their employers were just the worst do have not told them of the dangers of radium.

RaimeyGallant Loved this one. And welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you need it. Or if you prefer how-to videos, @chelleo put some together at the link in her bio. @LitsyWelcomeWagon 5mo
HoneyBeeLee Very cool. Thank you! I will definitely have to take a look. 😄 5mo
DebinHawaii Welcome to Litsy!! 🎉📚🎉Hope you enjoy it here! 5mo
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sudi Welcome To Litsy 😊🙋 5mo
SW-T Welcome to Litsy 😊 5mo
rather_be_reading welcome to litsy 📚☕📚 1mo
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Lylah
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The descriptions of these girls‘ teeth falling out and losing their jaws is making me think it‘s time to go to the dentist! 🤢

sammisho This was a hard read! I couldn't even imagine 5mo
CouronneDhiver I have a recurrent nightmare about my teeth falling out. That part gave me the creeps. Lol 5mo
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Vulpixen
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I‘m about half through listening to this and I am HOOKED. It is horrifying and heartbreaking, and I cannot wait to learn what happens next.

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j9brown
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Horrifying and infuriating and a must-read. The author does an incredible job of humanizing the girls, and illustrating what a tough bunch of amazing women some of them became.

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MallenNC
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It‘s a #CruelSummer when I read sad books but I love them. Here are a few historical fiction and nonfiction books that made me sad and that I‘ve happened to read in the summertime. #SongsofSummer

OriginalCyn620 😎📚🎶 5mo
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5280reader
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Such a well researched and emotional read. These girls never knew the work they were doing was so dangerous. They showed such tenacity and grit in taking on their employers for fair compensation and to protect future workers. They are truly an inspiration!

DebinHawaii This one was really good. Sad and infuriating, but good. 6mo
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“Almost a year in, and the company had not lifted a finger to help her.”
I weep at the conditions that were exposed to workers at this booming industrial time.
Greed, folk. Greed.

DivineDiana So sad. 😔 6mo
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Emory
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Going to try to finally finish this before the week ends.

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Lylah
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Nice to read next to my kitty before bed. ✨

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Scochrane26

Finally finished this on the way home from yoga. I liked the personal stories of the women.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Scochrane26
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Not a lot to see on a walk through my neighborhood, but there were some pretty irises. Still waiting on mine to bloom more fully. #litsywalkers

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Scochrane26
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This book is good, but it is so infuriating. The misogyny of the men who just perpetuate that women are “hysterical”, their greed and callousness. And it‘s very frustrating to know that this still goes on today.