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

Employees of the U. Radium Corporation paint numbers on the faces of wristwatches using dangerous radioactive paint. Dozens of women, known as Radium Girls, later died of radium poisoning. The last radium girl died this year at

The Radium Girls were so contaminated that if you stood over their graves today with a Geiger counter, the radiation levels would still cause the needles to jump more than 80 years later. They were small-town girls from New Jersey who had been hired by a local factory to paint the c

“They were taught to hold the paintbrush with their mouths as they worked, wetting it with their tongues and thus ingesting the radium that way. They also played with the radium paint.

UNDARK AND THE RADIUM GIRLS---As a series of doctors attempted to solve Grace's mysterious ailment, similar cases began to appear throughout her hometown of New Jersey. One dentist in particular took notice of the unusually high number of deteriorated jawbones among local women, and it took very little investigation to discover a common thread; all of the women had been employed by the same watch-painting factory at one time or another...

Insight into the truly shocking way businesses sometimes treat their workers (on whom the success of the business ultimately depends)

Grace Fryer, one of the girls who fought for radium to be recognized as a dangerous, hazardous material while fighting for women's working rights during World War I.

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

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: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women by Kate Moore Published: by Sourcebooks ISBN: 9781492649359

Funeral Fund Blog: Mae Keane, Believed To Be Last Of Waterbury's Radium Girls Dies at 107.

Radium Watch Dials And Radium Girls: Who Would Have Thought 'Eating' Radioactive Material Was Deadly?

12 Panel Pitch: A pitch for a historical romance set among the Radium Girls.

The Tragic Tale of a Romance Undone by Radium

12 Panel Pitch: A pitch for a historical romance set among the Radium Girls.

The Radium Girls and the Generation that brushed its Teeth with Radioactive Toothpaste BY MESSYNESSY

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…

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 2014 at the age of

The Summer 2013 issue of The Cartoon Picayune is now available! It features a historical piece I did about the radium girls of Ottawa, IL. Spoiler alert: as with most of my work, this story features really horribly depressing deaths. The issue also features work from the ever-talented Andy Warner, a cover by Pat Barrett, and more!!

The Radium Girls. Spring The tragic story of the Ottawa, IL “Radium Girls” of the Originally created for the Spring 2013 “Hard Work” themed issue of The Cartoon Picayune.

Radium dial watch

Omega Stainless Steel Radium Dial Calatrava Wristwatch at

Here's health: make sure you ingest enough radium to make a beaming outward appearance.

How We Realized Putting Radium in Everything Was Not the Answer

The forgotten factory girls killed by radioactive poisoning

The forgotten factory girls killed by radioactive poisoning

Dial painters at a company social, including Mollie Maggia (third from right)

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