“Still Glowing in Their Coffins”: The Radium Girls

Some of the dial painters for U.S. Radium. Amelia Maggia is center.

On Labor Day (in the US, anyway), it’s important to remember the struggles of the labor movement — the men and women who braved beatings, arrests, and death in order to put an end to the horrific conditions they were forced to work under.

One group of working-class women, in particular, fought — until they were on their deathbeds — against one of the most powerful industries…