This Week in Labor History 023

This Week in Labor History 023

This week’s highlight: 15 “living dead women” testified before the Illinois Industrial Commission on this day in 1937. They were “Radium Girls,” women who would die prematurely after working at clock and watch factories, where they were told to wet small paintbrushes in their mouths and dip them in radium to paint dials. A Geiger counter passed over graves in a cemetery near Ottawa, Illinois still registers the presence of radium.

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