The Radium Girls

Women painting alarm clock faces, Ingersoll factory, January 1932. Daily Herald Archive / SSPL via Getty Images

Between in 1917, hundreds of women got jobs applying radium-treated paint to various products. Many experienced severe health problems. Five former workers decided to sue the U.S. Radium corporation, and faced a campaign of misinformation.

Topics in this Podcast: labor, American history, women, women's rights, U.S. history, 20th century, science history