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Women and Work—A Tapestry of Our Lives

 Women’s History Month is over for this year. But I confess I haven’t been in much of a celebratory mood. March 8th (2011)was the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day.  The UN theme for the celebration was “Equal Access to Education, Training and Technology: Pathway to Decent Work for Women.”  Ironically, this March was also the 100th year commemoration of the tragedy of the Shirtwaist Triangle Factory Fire in New York City.  On March 25, 1911, 146 people died from a fire caused by unsafe workplace conditions.  

 

 

Many would have saved themselves, but the main doors were locked to keep the workers in and the unions out.  Most of those who died were young women and girls, mostly Jewish and Italian, and a few men—all of them immigrants or from immigrant families.  They were making shirtwaists (blouses) for women of means and status.  Click for the rest of the story

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