Wednesday, March 25, 2009
TRIANGLE SHIRTWAIST FACTORY
25 March 1911
146 people, mostly female immigrants, died when fire broke out at the Triangle Shirtwaist Company in New York. One of the notorious sweatshops in New York, the exits were all locked to prevent employees from going outside on breaks. Most of those who died jumped out the windows to escape the fire.
After the fire, the owners were "reprimanded" and moved their operation to a new location just blocks away.
This led to strikes and walkouts of women workers worldwide.
Posted by Morgan at 11:15 AM