"This isn't a fairy tale, though it starts like one. It's not a tragedy, though it ends like one."
The Radium Dial Company has hired thousands of women to hand-paint watch and clock faces. They use a luminescent paint made partially from radium, which is being hailed for its amazing healing properties. The women aren't told about the dangers. More than just casualties, Catherine Wolfe Donohue and her friends fight fiercely to hold the Radium Dial Company accountable for its negligence.
These Shining Lives is based on the true story of the "Radium Girls" in 1920s Ottawa, Illinois.