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The Radium Girls - They paid with their lives. Their final fight was for justice.-logo

The Radium Girls - They paid with their lives. Their final fight was for justice.

Kate Moore

Ordinary women in 1920s America. All they wanted was the chance to shine. Be careful what you wish for. 'The first thing we asked was, "Does this stuff hurt you?" And they said, "No." The company said that it wasn't dangerous, that we didn't need to be afraid.' 1917. As a war raged across the world, young American women flocked to work, painting watches, clocks and military dials with a special luminous substance made from radium. It was a fun job, lucrative and glamorous - the girls themselves shone brightly in the dark, covered head to toe in the dust from the paint. They were the radium girls. As the years passed, the women began to suffer from mysterious and crippling illnesses. The very thing that had made them feel alive - their work - was in fact slowly killing them: they had been poisoned by the radium paint. Yet their employers denied all responsibility. And so, in the face of unimaginable suffering - in the face of death - these courageous women refused to accept their fate quietly, and instead became determined to fight for justice. Drawing on previously unpublished sources - including diaries, letters and court transcripts, as well as original interviews with the women's relatives - The Radium Girls is an intimate narrative account of an unforgettable true story. It is the powerful tale of a group of ordinary women from the Roaring Twenties, who themselves learned how to roar.

Ordinary women in 1920s America. All they wanted was the chance to shine. Be careful what you wish for. 'The first thing we asked was, "Does this stuff hurt you?" And they said, "No." The company said that it wasn't dangerous, that we didn't need to be afraid.' 1917. As a war raged across the world, young American women flocked to work, painting watches, clocks and military dials with a special luminous substance made from radium. It was a fun job, lucrative and glamorous - the girls themselves shone brightly in the dark, covered head to toe in the dust from the paint. They were the radium girls. As the years passed, the women began to suffer from mysterious and crippling illnesses. The very thing that had made them feel alive - their work - was in fact slowly killing them: they had been poisoned by the radium paint. Yet their employers denied all responsibility. And so, in the face of unimaginable suffering - in the face of death - these courageous women refused to accept their fate quietly, and instead became determined to fight for justice. Drawing on previously unpublished sources - including diaries, letters and court transcripts, as well as original interviews with the women's relatives - The Radium Girls is an intimate narrative account of an unforgettable true story. It is the powerful tale of a group of ordinary women from the Roaring Twenties, who themselves learned how to roar.
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Genres:

History

Description:

Ordinary women in 1920s America. All they wanted was the chance to shine. Be careful what you wish for. 'The first thing we asked was, "Does this stuff hurt you?" And they said, "No." The company said that it wasn't dangerous, that we didn't need to be afraid.' 1917. As a war raged across the world, young American women flocked to work, painting watches, clocks and military dials with a special luminous substance made from radium. It was a fun job, lucrative and glamorous - the girls themselves shone brightly in the dark, covered head to toe in the dust from the paint. They were the radium girls. As the years passed, the women began to suffer from mysterious and crippling illnesses. The very thing that had made them feel alive - their work - was in fact slowly killing them: they had been poisoned by the radium paint. Yet their employers denied all responsibility. And so, in the face of unimaginable suffering - in the face of death - these courageous women refused to accept their fate quietly, and instead became determined to fight for justice. Drawing on previously unpublished sources - including diaries, letters and court transcripts, as well as original interviews with the women's relatives - The Radium Girls is an intimate narrative account of an unforgettable true story. It is the powerful tale of a group of ordinary women from the Roaring Twenties, who themselves learned how to roar.

Language:

English

Length:

15h 39m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

04:26


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:07


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

18:43


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

18:42


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

16:16


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

15:32


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

18:45


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

10:07


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

17:13


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

13:01


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

17:24


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

09:07


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

15:08


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

17:50


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

09:03


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

17:08


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

12:48


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

23:22


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

24:41


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

17:51


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

26:32


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

00:07


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

16:57


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

13:55


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

23:41


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

13:23


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

16:47


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

17:12


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

10:48


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

20:18


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

19:16


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

27:32


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

15:28


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

16:15


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

11:10


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

18:52


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

19:40


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

20:08


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

08:11


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

12:22


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

06:38


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

10:14


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

08:32


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

00:07


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

10:37


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

09:46


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

16:06


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

10:56


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

08:49


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

10:01


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

15:38


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

11:44


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

15:41


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

16:54


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

14:49


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

17:26


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

14:45


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

09:45


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

15:15


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

23:41


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

24:42


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

29:00


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

05:56


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

06:22