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These Working-Class Women Were Eaten Alive By Radium

The factory girls were told the radium they were ingesting was safe, but it turned out to be their demise. In 1898, Marie Curie and her husband Pierre discovered the element radium and earned two Nobel Prizes. But in 1934, Marie died from radiation exposure. The chemist's death was...

Science

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

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Back in the early 20th Century, women working at the United States Radium Corporation would come into contact with radium-based paint on a daily basis while painting clocks. Unfortunately, as the world later found out, the radium in the paint pro...

Health

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

On April 10, 1917, an 18-year-old woman named Grace Fryer started work as a dial painter at the United States Radium Corporation (USRC) in Orange, New Jersey. It was four days after the US had joined World War I; with two soldier brothers, Grace wanted to do all she could to help the war effort. She...

Educational

Radium Was a Miracle Product, Until it Started Killing People

People used to think radium had mystical healing properties, but then things went horribly awry. The Bizarre Story Of The Very First Vaccine - https://youtu.be/fF5-aJ-o0Os Sign Up For The Seeker Newsletter Here - http://bit.ly/1UO1PxI Learn More: Can Burnt Food Really Give You Cancer?...

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A Century Later, The Factory That Poisoned the ‘Radium Girls’ Is Still a Superfund Site

In the 1920s, young women worked in an Ottawa, Illinois, factory painting radioactive glow-in-the-dark numbers onto watches. They were told to lick their brushes to a fine point. They were told that the glowing radium in the paint was safe.Radium is extremely dangerous. The element gets absorbed int...


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