The Radium Girls of Ottawa, IL

The Radium Girls of Ottawa, IL
  • When Apr 27, 2021 from 06:30 PM to 07:00 PM (US/Central / UTC-500)
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*This program is being presented by the Illinois State Museum. Registration is free! Click here for more information.

The young women who worked at the Radium Dial Company in the 1920s were told that the radium they were using to paint clock faces was harmless.  Encouraged to use their lips to give their brushes a fine point, these women contracted radiation poisoning and their health suffered terribly. Join Curator of History, Erika Holst, for the fascinating and tragic tale of the brave factory workers whose quest for justice forever changed US Labor laws.

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