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The Forgotten Story Of The Radium Girls Whose Deaths Saved Thousands Of Workers Lives


Health & Wellness  (tags: Radium girls, deaths, workers safety, cancer, OSHA, occupational hazards )

Sheryl
- 744 days ago - buzzfeed.com
The radium girls case was one of the first in which an employer was made responsible for the health of the companys employees. It led to life saving regulations and ultimately to the establishment of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA



   

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Sheryl G (359)
Sunday June 4, 2017, 6:10 pm
When you hear the 1% say they want to remove regulations, be they Corporate or the Criminals in DC, just stop and remember these women. Before regulations there were no protections at all for the workers, these young women died, but before they died they fought back and helped all of us into the future. Don't lose what others fought and died for.
 

David C (75)
Sunday June 4, 2017, 6:13 pm
thank you, I vaguely remember learning of this somewhere sometime before....but we must all remember it as a reminder of worker safety in the future, too
 

Freya H (345)
Sunday June 4, 2017, 6:28 pm
It is sad that, in some cases, we need tragedy to spur us towards progress and safety.
 

JL A (281)
Sunday June 4, 2017, 6:52 pm
Good reminder Dandelion of the world Trump wants to return us to, to our peril. Thank you
 

Dawnie W (250)
Sunday June 4, 2017, 8:59 pm
๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’œNoted...Such a good news item about brave women in history. I was glued to the story and was shocked by the way they were treated. My goodness, I hope Trump doesn't do away with OSHA because he will be reversing backwards at an alarming rate. I'm reminded of a quote from President Lincoln " I walk slowly but I never walk backwards." Someone should remind Trump that walking backwards is a retrograde step indeed. ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’œThank you...Dandelion.๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’œ

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Philippa Powers (10)
Sunday June 4, 2017, 11:02 pm
Noted. Thanks, Dandelion. The story of the Radium Girls was truly heartbreaking.
 

Darren Woolsey (218)
Monday June 5, 2017, 1:18 am
Shared news article and analysis over social media to raise and spread awareness
 

Sheryl G (359)
Monday June 5, 2017, 4:03 am
Is why I posted this to remind us all why these agencies and regulations were put in place to begin with. They think of only profit how it stands in the way of their business to make profit, well they will not care about your health and safety no more than the environment that the waste from doing business was used as a toxic dump and rivers used as cesspools.
 

Sheryl G (359)
Monday June 5, 2017, 4:05 am
Do not lose these important regulations and agencies that past women, includes these brave women, who had fought for right up to their death.
 

Animae C (509)
Monday June 5, 2017, 4:27 am
RESIST!!!
And protect your unions.... if you have any left!
 

. (0)
Monday June 5, 2017, 5:39 am
Wonderfully interesting
 

Winn Adams (179)
Monday June 5, 2017, 6:40 am
Very sad.
 

Roberto MARINI (88)
Monday June 5, 2017, 11:51 am
thank you Dandelion
 

Sheryl G (359)
Monday June 5, 2017, 1:28 pm
Very few anymore Animae and the 1% are after them as well.
 

Debra G (0)
Monday June 5, 2017, 1:44 pm
My first thoughts were of all the corporate tragedies (e.g., this, and the Triangle Shirt Waist factory fire) that killed workers before unions and OSHA were created. My second thoughts were of the EOs that Drumpfelthinskin signs eliminating worker protections. We must stay vigilant and protest any undermining of our hard-earned protections. Write/call your legislators.
 

Ed Site Issues V (198)
Monday June 5, 2017, 2:14 pm
Noted, Thanks
 

Colleen L (3)
Monday June 5, 2017, 4:55 pm
Interesting. More power to those who did so much and still do. W all must stand up and fight together. Thanks Dandelion
 

Barb SiteIssues V (202)
Monday June 5, 2017, 4:56 pm
Noted, Thank you
 

Janet B (0)
Monday June 5, 2017, 6:10 pm
Thanks
 

Raleigh k (358)
Tuesday June 6, 2017, 12:35 am
very interesing noted shared ty
 

Margie FOURIE (148)
Tuesday June 6, 2017, 1:12 am
Thank you
 

Evelyn B (63)
Tuesday June 6, 2017, 4:32 am
The dangers lie not only in the "obvious" changes that politicians can make by rolling back protections put in place -
They also lie in changes that "downstream" also wipe out protections put in place. For example, the hundreds of changes in laws that are necessary in implementing Brexit contain many elements that are designed to ensure greater protection of citizens. Ironically, politics of "making Great again" seem to have disguised risks of making the "little people" very small & vulnerable in the process ...!

I'd read this a couple of days ago, it is important to keep reminding people of two things:
=> The courage of those who have fought against great odds to win protection (especially, but not only, of workers)
AND
=> It has been done before - by small numbers - so we CAN force through changes, block unwanted changes ... We owe it to people like "the Radium Girls" to resist. It's our turn to take a stand.
And on our side, we have greater facility of communication to help build waves of solidarity - where these girls were relatively isolated in their battle against powerful pressure.
 

Sheryl G (359)
Tuesday June 6, 2017, 7:02 am
Indeed Evelyn, we must stand in Solidarity with each other......keep that communication going. Is what I try to do it to push the information out there in hopes others will read it, absorb it and then join in with the millions around the world that are taking a stand in big and small ways.

Rights once lost are hard to gain back so we must not lose any more and claw back those that were taken away.

I've noticed a lot of "guises" Evelyn, the No Child Left Behind and Race to the Top was not actually helping the children if promised it was for, the Patriot Act took more Rights away from the citizens but nothing at all patriotic about it......and so it goes.

A recent bill trying to be passed now is ALEC sponsored and it is titled Keep The Internet Freedom or similar title, but it is going to do the exact opposite. But when people see that and are not up to par on things they'll say, yes, yes, I want that, when it really is to removed Net Neutrality.
 

Lindsay Kemp (6)
Tuesday June 6, 2017, 10:09 am
All workers should be confident that they are working in safe conditions, and that is exactly why regulations should be in place, regardless of the cost! Noted. Thanks for sharing.
 

Janet B (0)
Tuesday June 6, 2017, 12:58 pm
Thanks
 

Tom P (29)
Tuesday June 6, 2017, 4:49 pm
Good bit of history. Reminds me of silk wood on steroids
 

Margie FOURIE (148)
Wednesday June 7, 2017, 12:27 am
Thanks again
 

Arild Warud (174)
Wednesday June 7, 2017, 3:27 am
A sad story and now Agent Orange is getting rid of all regulations as fast as he can.Shame on him.
 

Roberto MARINI (88)
Wednesday June 7, 2017, 8:41 am
thanks
 

Janet B (0)
Wednesday June 7, 2017, 2:08 pm
Thanks
 

Margie FOURIE (148)
Thursday June 8, 2017, 12:39 am
Thanks again
 

Janet B (0)
Thursday June 8, 2017, 2:49 pm
Thanks
 

Tamie R (0)
Thursday June 8, 2017, 4:18 pm
RIP ladies, without your fight our fight would not be recognized either. OSHA has been because of you and we all need regulations, sometimes we think e are too many regulations, but look at this article and REMEMBER!
 

Margie FOURIE (148)
Friday June 9, 2017, 12:45 am
TA
 

Janet B (0)
Friday June 9, 2017, 6:11 pm
Thanks
 

Janis K (129)
Friday June 9, 2017, 9:02 pm
Thanks for sharing.
 

Margie FOURIE (148)
Saturday June 10, 2017, 2:21 am
T A
 

ANA MARIJA R (200)
Sunday June 11, 2017, 2:31 am
hmmm copy&paste Arild W
Thank you, Dandelion
 

TOM T (247)
Sunday June 11, 2017, 7:14 am
Thank You for Sharing .....
 
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