Book Discussion Group (October 2019)

Enjoy pupus by the water and engage in dynamic conversation about The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women by Kate Moore! (Please note that the author will not be at the event.)

The Radium Girls is a history of women who worked with and around radium, a radioactive substance before its health risks were understood.

The incredible true story of the women who fought America’s radium danger: Written with a sparkling voice and breakneck pace, The Radium Girls fully illuminates the inspiring young women exposed to the “wonder” substance of radium, and their awe-inspiring strength in the face of almost impossible circumstances. Their courage and tenacity led to life-changing regulations, research into nuclear bombing, and ultimately saved hundreds of thousands of lives…”

The Curies’ newly discovered element of radium makes gleaming headlines across the nation as the fresh face of beauty, and wonder drug of the medical community. From body lotion to tonic water, the popular new element shines bright in the otherwise dark years of the First World War.

Meanwhile, hundreds of girls toil amidst the glowing dust of the radium-dial factories. The glittering chemical covers their bodies from head to toe; they light up the night like industrious fireflies. With such a coveted job, these “shining girls” are the luckiest alive — until they begin to fall mysteriously ill.

But the factories that once offered golden opportunities are now ignoring all claims of the gruesome side effects, and the women’s cries of corruption. And as the fatal poison of the radium takes hold, the brave shining girls find themselves embroiled in one of the biggest scandals of America’s early 20th century, and in a groundbreaking battle for workers’ rights that will echo for centuries to come.

WHEN: Wednesday, October 16, 2019, 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

WHERE: Waikiki Yacht Club (1599 Ala Moana Blvd, Honolulu, HI 96814), ask for Mary Ann Eichorn when checking in

Pupus hosted by AAUW Honolulu
No host cocktails (bring cash for drink purchases)