Remembering the Triangle Factory Fire, 100 years later

Shirtwaist Strike & Other Strikes

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The Women’s Trade Union League was formed in 1903 to support women's participation in unions and to improve their living and working conditions by improving wages, access to education, ending night work for women and eliminating child labor. Membership was open to all women who supported trade unionism, whether or not they were members of a union. Rose Schneiderman and other members of the Women’s Trade Union League helped organize shirtwaist strikers at Clinton Hall, enrolled strikers in Local 25, raised money for strike benefits, and helped organize strikers by shop, each with representatives to gather information and keep strikers informed.

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Sweatshop conditions in the early 1900's