In Her Footsteps: The Radium Girls of Ottawa, IL

Tuesday, April 27, 2021 - 6:30pm to 7:00pm

Location: 

  • Illinois State Museum, Springfield

Fee: 

Free with Registration

The young women who worked at the Radium Dial Company in the 1920s were told that the radium they were using to paint clock faces was harmless.  Encouraged to use their lips to give their brushes a fine point, these women contracted radiation poisoning and their health suffered terribly. Join Curator of History, Erika Holst, for the fascinating and tragic tale of the brave factory workers whose quest for justice forever changed US Labor laws.

Event is free with registration. Register here.

When it comes to women from Illinois history, you might recognize a name but not be able to remember her whole story, or even why she was well known. You might not even know that a name you know has connections to Illinois. The “In Her Footsteps” series, invites you to learn more about four well-known Illinois women, their achievements, and their connections to Illinois. The women in this series will be featured on the In Her Footsteps website which will be launched in May of 2021 by the Illinois State Museum. The site will feature women from across the state, encouraging Illinoisans to learn more about women’s history in their region and perhaps travel, virtually or in person, to learn more about their stories. 

girls working at long tables in a radium factory

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