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100 Years Later: Remembering the Triangle Shirtwaist Workers

March 25, 2011

In case you didn’t know it, today marks 100 years since the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory tragedy in which 146 workers–most of them immigrant women–lost their lives when the factory where they were working caught on fire.

Since the owners locked the doors to stop workers from taking breaks or stealing material, some of the workers jumped out the windows, plummeting nine stories, while others burned to death. For additional background on the fire, click here, here or here.

While there may not be a drawing about it because it doesn’t celebrate someone’s 137th birthday, there are certainly videos about it. The labor struggles the women faced before the fire and the public outcry as a result of it are germane to what’s happening today not just in the United States but in the rest of the world, too.

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