The Radium Girls
This is the story of Industrial
Lack of Womens Rights.
Lack of Union activities.
Special Privilege for some.
Lack of media attention.
Grace Fryer and the other Radium
Fryer started to work in the
factory in the spring of 1917.
70 women worked alongside Fryer.
The women believed that they
were working in a safe environment.
The owners of the factory knew
that the women were working in a harmful environment.
The Radium Effects
Fryer left the factory in 1920.
Two years later, Fryers teeth
started to fall out and she developed an abscess on her jaw.
X-Rays showed the development of
a serious bone decay in her mouth and her back.
In July 1925, a doctor suggested
to Fryer that her job at the Radium Factory is the cause of her health problems.
After being examined by a
specialist at Columbia University, she discovered that this was part of a
cover-up by the U.S Radium Corporation.
Walter Lippmann and the New York
Editor of New York World.
The New York World a liberal
paper founded by Pulitzer.
With Lippmanns editorials, the
interest of the Radium Girls grew.
Soon there was a trial.
The Public Bought Radioactive
Stuff to Make You Feel Good
The Man Who Brought Justice for
the Radium Girls
Raymond Berry, a attorney from
Newark, filed a suit against the Radium Factory in behalf of Grace Fryer.
Four other women joined the suit
after reporting medical problems.
A lawsuit was filed on May 18,
Each woman asked to be
compensated $250,000 for their medical expenses and for their pain.
The Radium Factory settled out
of court giving each woman $10,000 and a $600 per year annuity.
Grace Fryer and the rest of
Radium Girls died in the 1920s and 1930s
Many believed that they sealed
their fate when they dipped their paintbrushes into the radium paint and put the
bristles into their mouths.