Another Piece of America's Dark Past: The Radium Girls

Published on December 12, 2021

During the First World War, thousands of women went to work in factories to paint watch dials using a paint made from radium. They got the nickname The Radium Girls from the light that gleamed from under their skin.

They were told that handling the elements was safe, but after they started to experience horrific symptoms they realized they weren't told the whole truth. You've probably never heard of this story, because the secret was successfully kept all this time.