From Buzzfeed, courtesy Elizabeth Keohane:
The Forgotten Story Of The Radium Girls, Whose Deaths Saved Thousands Of Workers’ 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 — began to experience gruesome side effects, they began a race-against-time fight for justice that would forever change US labor laws.
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