ARTICLE - History of the "radium girls" - In the 1920s, working-class women were hired to paint radium onto glowing watch dials — and told to sharpen the brush with their lips. Dozens died within a few years, but Keane quit, and survived.

Mae Keane, One Of The Last 'Radium Girls,' Dies At 107

ARTICLE - History of the "radium girls" - In the 1920s, working-class women were hired to paint radium onto glowing watch dials — and told to sharpen the brush with their lips. Dozens died within a few years, but Keane quit, and survived.

1928 cartoon showing death hovering over "Radium Girls" who died young from bone cancers after ingesting the radioactive element for years while painting watch dials. Mae Keane, the last of the radium girls, died on March 1, 2014 at the age of 107.

1928 cartoon showing death hovering over "Radium Girls" who died young from bone cancers after ingesting the radioactive element for years while painting watch dials. Mae Keane, the last of the radium girls, died on March 1, 2014 at the age of 107.

The Radium Girls - Dark Lives Of 'The Radium Girls' Left A Bright Legacy For Workers, Science

Dark Lives Of 'The Radium Girls' Left A Bright Legacy For Workers, Science

The Radium Girls - Dark Lives Of 'The Radium Girls' Left A Bright Legacy For Workers, Science

Meet The Radium Girls And A Generation Of Radioactivity. 80 Years Later, They Are Still Toxic [STORY]

Meet The Radium Girls And A Generation Of Radioactivity. 80 Years Later, They Are Still Toxic [STORY]

Very sad story associated with this Grace Fryer Radium | radium girls by erik opergeist

Very sad story associated with this Grace Fryer Radium | radium girls by erik opergeist

women who worked at Radium Dial Company in Ottawa, Illinois in the 1930s

women who worked at Radium Dial Company in Ottawa, Illinois in the 1930s

A dial painter with radium-induced cancer of the knee.The Forgotten Story Of The Radium Girls, Whose Deaths Saved Thousands Of Lives

The Forgotten Story Of The Radium Girls, Whose Deaths Saved Thousands Of Lives

A dial painter with radium-induced cancer of the knee.The Forgotten Story Of The Radium Girls, Whose Deaths Saved Thousands Of Lives

The Forgotten Story Of The Radium Girls, Whose Deaths Saved Thousands Of Workers' LivesDuring World War I, hundreds of young women went to work in clock factories, painting watch dials with luminous radium paint. But after the girls — who literally glowed in the dark after their shifts — began to experience gruesome side effects, they began a race-against-time fight for justice that would forever change US labor laws.

The Forgotten Story Of The Radium Girls, Whose Deaths Saved Thousands Of Lives

The Forgotten Story Of The Radium Girls, Whose Deaths Saved Thousands Of Workers' LivesDuring World War I, hundreds of young women went to work in clock factories, painting watch dials with luminous radium paint. But after the girls — who literally glowed in the dark after their shifts — began to experience gruesome side effects, they began a race-against-time fight for justice that would forever change US labor laws.

During World War I, hundreds of young women went to work in clock factories, painting watch dials with luminous radium paint. But after the girls — who literally glowed in the dark after their shifts — began to experience gruesome side effects, they began a race-against-time fight for justice that would forever change US labor laws.

The Forgotten Story Of The Radium Girls, Whose Deaths Saved Thousands Of Lives

During World War I, hundreds of young women went to work in clock factories, painting watch dials with luminous radium paint. But after the girls — who literally glowed in the dark after their shifts — began to experience gruesome side effects, they began a race-against-time fight for justice that would forever change US labor laws.

The Radium Girls were female factory workers who contracted radiation poisoning from painting watch dials with glow-in-the-dark paint at the United States Radium factory in Orange, New Jersey around 1917. The women, who had been told the paint was harmless, ingested deadly amounts of radium by licking their paintbrushes to give them a fine point; some also painted their fingernails and teeth with the glowing substance  . . .

The Radium Girls were female factory workers who contracted radiation poisoning from painting watch dials with glow-in-the-dark paint at the United States Radium factory in Orange, New Jersey around 1917. The women, who had been told the paint was harmless, ingested deadly amounts of radium by licking their paintbrushes to give them a fine point; some also painted their fingernails and teeth with the glowing substance . . .

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