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These Shining Lives

Closed September 30, 2018

A remarkable true story

Why See These Shining Lives?

Based on a true story

This September, Three Crows present a remarkable tale of bravery and determination. These Shining Lives, based on the true story of The Radium Girls, depicts the great lengths that some Illinois women went too to achieve justice!

In 1920s Illinois jobs were scarce, if you were a woman employed by the Radium Dial Company you were in good fortune... Or so it seemed until it hundreds of employees started to get ill due to Radiation Poisoning, inspiring an eleven year battle for worker's health rights.

The Radium Girls

In the early 1900s The Radium Dial Company employed thousands of woman to hand paint clock and watch faces with luminous and radioactive paint. In order to save 'waste' the women were instructed to use their mouths to create a 'point' on their brushes, being ensured that the paint was completely safe and was in fact beneficial to their health(!). It wasn't long till women began suffering from extreme cases of radiation including Radium Jaw and tumours. After the company tried to cover it up the workers got their justice in 1938 where they received $10,000 each (about $143,000 now) in damaged. The case of the 'Radium Girls' has since impacted both the development of labor rights and science.

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Opening night: 13 September 2018

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