The True Story of the Radium Girls Flex
In this 10 week class, we will delve into business, science, and commercialism in the early twentieth century and learn about the incredibly brave young women who worked in the watch factories.
Tina Hugall MHA MBA
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No live meetings
Over 10 weeks
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The story of how radium was used in everyday products at the beginning of the twentieth century has continued to fascinate and astound. It was Marie Curie who said 'nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood.' However, it was Pierre Curie who said 'radium could be very dangerous in criminal hands.' In this ten week class, we will examine the lives of the young women who worked in the factory, the three different American companies who were in charge and responsible, and how...
Learners will not only examine the dangers of unregulated business and science of the early twentieth century, but also the exploitation of young women of the working class.
I have been an educator on Outschool since February of 2018. I have my MBA and MHA, both of which have taught me the value of conducting research and asking questions. I have a passion for history and learning. You can usually find me in the middle of 2-3 books or watching a documentary.
Each week, students will be reading, on their own, "The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women, Kate Moore", the Young Readers Edition.
No live meetings, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
This class will utilize Youtube videos for sharing of lecture videos, as well as supplemental lessons. All Youtube videos are embedded into the Outschool platform. This class may also utilize Kahoot. Learners will be given a direct link and game pin to play. This class will discuss business and scientific regulations and laws, as well as sexism and classism in early twentieth century United States. Commonsensemedia lists the movie "The Radium Girls" (2020) at age 13+ - "Parents need to know that Radium Girls is an inspiring coming-of-age drama set in the 1920s and executive-produced by Lily Tomlin. It's based on shocking real events that led to government regulations to protect U.S. workers. When trusting 17-year-old main character Bessie (Joey King) realizes that her sister's mysterious illness might be related to toxic materials at work, she sets out to fight a powerful system that prioritizes profits over people. The film reflects what happened in real life: Doctors were paid off to tell the girls they were suffering from syphilis, rather than radiation poisoning, to shame them into silence. It's an intersectionally feminist story in that it's about a range of women -- low-income laborers, Harvard professors, scientists, and legal counselors -- banding together to make change. A subplot shows Black and White activists working together for racial unity, but the story centers on a White woman's experience. Real footage from the 1920s is used to show marches that echo contemporary issues, including demands for equal rights and to abolish the police (there's a clip of a cop swinging his baton at protestors). There are also disturbing scenes of a young woman's teeth and jaw falling out due to radiation poisoning.
Some of the sources used for this class are, but not limited to: Smithsonian Britannica National Geographic PBS Library of Congress NPR https://www.npr.org/2014/12/28/373510029/saved-by-a-bad-taste-one-of-the-last-radium-girls-dies-at-107 The Radium Girls https://www.theradiumgirls.com/
Tina Hugall MHA MBA"The more you know about the past, the better prepared you are for the future." Theodore Roosevelt
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782 completed classes
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