Katherine worked in a radium dial painting factory that made the first watches with illuminated dials. To keep their paintbrushes well pointed, the all-female painting staff would put the brush tip in their mouths. Katherine and a number of the women she worked with became the first recorded American industrial poisoning incidents on modern safety records. The radioactive material eventually built up in the bodies of the women and nearly all died of radioactive poisoning.
Katherine offered her life to science in the hope that a cure for the co-victims of radium poisoning could be found. She and Grace Fryer were among the first 'Radium Girls'.
Gravesite Details 30 years, 11 months, 8 days; lived in Roseland, NJ
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