Jilara (jilara) wrote,

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Remember the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory!

On this day commemorating 100 years of honoring women's rights, many are urged to remember the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, which took the lives of 143 garment workers, mostly young women. Their horrible working conditions were emphasized by the practices that led to their deaths. The attention that was focused by this horrible tragedy helped in creating the Ladies International Garment Worker's Union.

Remember them when you hear of people snarking about unions and collective bargaining. Remember them when you reflect on life in modern America, and how far we have come. And remember them when you look at a garment with a tag from some third-world country...and wonder if the people who made it are the modern version of those women at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory.

Much I could say, but I think merely events can say things for me.

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