Town Hall First Hill
Fri., May 19, 7:30 p.m. 2017
You can't just pick up Marie Curie's papers from the 1890s. They must be handled carefully, by people wearing protective clothing, and they're stored in lead-lined boxes because of their radioactivity. But in the early 1900s, people didn't realize how dangerous radium is, and workers in the radium-dial factories would cover their hair and faces in luminous, radioactive paint just for fun. This is the story of the "Radium Girls," factory workers who were known at first for their glamorous (and relatively high-paying) jobs, and later for the terrible infections and ailments that they suffered. Kate Moore (the director of the play These Shining Lives) is the author of a book about their lives, titled The Radium Girls: They Paid with Their Lives. Their Final Fight Was for Justice. She will discuss this new work with UW epidemiology research professor Anne McTiernan.