Virtual Book Club: “The Radium Girls—The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women”

Public Events
Friday, July 17, 2020
1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.
Eastern Daylight Time (UTC -4)
United States

At the start of the 20th century the newly discovered element radium was used in everything from body lotion to tonic water. You could even find it in mobile X-ray vans during World War I. But at what cost to health?


Radium and Beauty Ad for Raidnor Cosmetics. New York Tribune, Nov. 10, 1918

Advertisement for Radior Cosmetics in the New York Tribune, November 10, 1918.

Join us for a virtual meeting of the Science History Institute Book Club. We’ll be discussing Kate Moore’s The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women and exploring both the life-ending side effects of the Curies’ greatest discovery and the fight for workers’ rights.

Advance registration is required. Spots are limited. After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


About Book Club

The Science History Institute’s Book Club is an exclusive Facebook group where you can chat with fellow nerds about the latest science-y best sellers. Come join the conversation.