Celebrating Women’s History Month: March 25

25 Mar

Honoring The Women Who Lost Their Lives

Today I would like to honor and pay tribute to all the women that lost their lives (close to 150) at Triangle Shirtwaist Company fire on March 25, 1911–the 100th anniversary today. Most of the victims were Jewish and Italian immigrants earning no more than $6. a week. The managers had locked the doors to the stairwells and exits, forcing women to jump to their deaths.  (Note to Scott Walker, workers need bargaining power.) The fire did lead to legislation requiring improved factory safety and helped spur the growth of the International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union. When fire engines finally started to arrive at the site, women were jumping to their deaths, making it difficult for the fire trucks to navigate the road. To make matters worse, the stream of water from their hoses would only reach as far as the 7th floor.  To learn more about this tragic fire, click here.

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