1420 Price Park Drive
Kate Moore Reading & Signing at the Kathleen Clay Edwards Family Branch of the Greensboro Public Library
In the early 1900s, radium was a recent discovery. With its alluring luminescence, the new element enjoyed widespread popularity. Radium paint was used to make watches and military dials glow. Companies in New Jersey and Illinois hired young women as factory workers to apply the glowing paint to the watches.
At the time, radium was not believed to be harmful in small doses. The women hired to apply the paint got no warnings or protections for handling the material. After a few years, they began experiencing mysterious symptoms. Their employers initially denied that the radium was the cause of the women’s illness, but as more women became sick it became impossible to ignore. In the mid-1930s women in both New Jersey and Illinois sued their employers, some mere months before their deaths.
The stories of these young women, who are remembered as champions for workers’ rights, are the subject of the New York Times bestseller, “Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women” by Kate Moore. Moore shows more than heroes, though. She shows us wives, daughters and mothers who sought to protect future workers from suffering their fate.
Moore has also written several other books, including “Scone with the Wind” and “Roses are Red: A Book for Lovers.” Her nonfiction book “Felix the Railway Cat” was a Sunday Times bestseller.
Kate Moore will visit Greensboro on Wednesday, March 14 at 7 p.m. for a reading and signing of “Radium Girls.” The event will be held at the Kathleen Clay Edwards Family Branch of the Greensboro Public Library and is free and open to the public.
For more information, contact Scuppernong Books. The Kathleen Clay Edwards Family Branch of the Greensboro Library is located 1420 Price Park Drive in Greensboro.