Factory workers Catherine Donahue, Charlotte Purcell, Pearl Payne, and Frances O’ Connell, who took the Radium Dial Company to court, changed worker’s rights legislation in the United States forever.

Copperas Cove High School theater arts students will tell their story of these remarkable women in These Shining Lives, a one-act play based on the true story of the Radium Girls of the 1920s and 30s. These factory workers made clocks and watches using a radium powder and often ingested the compound during the workday. Hundreds of these female workers eventually succumbed to the various diseases that the radium inflicted on them, all under the watchful eye of supervisors who knew of their plight and did nothing.

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