Way to Die #196
"Radium Girls"
Name of the death is a pun on "radium girls"
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"Overcoming years of denial and foul-play, the Radium Girls lead to higher safety standards across America."
Date January 5, 1920
Location U.S. Radium Corp
Orange, New Jersey
Episode this death
was featured in
"Cure for the Common Death, Part I"
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Radium Girls, Way to Die #196, is the fourth death featured in "Cure for the Common Death, Part I", which aired on March 22, 2009.

Plot

In the 1920s, Wendy and a group of women work at a factory that uses paint containing radium to create fluorescent watch faces. Wendy and the women notice that the paint also glows when applied to their skin. They eventually expose themselves to huge amounts of radiation after repeated applications (mostly using the radioactive paint as glow-in-the-dark body paint for their lovers during sex). Wendy was one of the first women to die from bone cancer, and six of her surviving colleagues joined together and filed one of the first successful workers' rights lawsuits against the company and won, leading to increased safety standards in American workplaces.

"It turns out the company knew all along about the harmful effects of radium, yet they allowed the girls to ingest it daily."

Interviewees

  • Dr. Kim Henderson - Toxicologist

Trivia

  • Based on a real story about Radium Girls from 1917 to 1926.

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