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    These Working-Class Women Were Eaten Alive By Radium

    April 15th, 2018 by Our Webmaster

    By Andrea Hickey

    In 1898, Marie Curie and her husband Pierre discovered the element radium and earned two Nobel Prizes. But in 1934, Marie died from radiation exposure. The chemist's death was just one stop on radium's trail of destruction.

    The factory girls were told the radium they were ingesting was safe, but it turned out to be their demise.

    In 1898, Marie Curie and her husband Pierre discovered the element radium and earned two Nobel Prizes. But in 1934, Marie died from radiation exposure. The chemist’s death was just one stop on radium’s trail of destruction.

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    From the early-to-mid-20th century, radium cropped up everywhere in consumer goods.

    From the early-to-mid-20th century, radium cropped up everywhere in consumer goods.

    Andrea Hickey / BuzzFeed

    People equated radium’s glow with health and vitality, hence its use in medicines and cosmetics.

    People equated radium's glow with health and vitality, hence its use in medicines and cosmetics.

    Radior Cosmetics / Via Wikimedia Commons

    It was also common at the time to drink water laced with radium.

    It was also common at the time to drink water laced with radium.

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    During World War I, The United States Radium Corporation set up a watch factory in Orange, New Jersey. …read more

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