Remembering the Triangle Factory Fire, 100 years later

Shirtwaist Strike & Other Strikes

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Pauline Newman, a Russian immigrant, began working at the Triangle factory in 1903 when she was thirteen years old. Finding that many of her co-workers could not read, she organized an evening study group where they also discussed labor issues and politics. Newman was active in the shirtwaist strike and the Women’s Trade Union League. She became a union organizer for the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union and director of the ILGWU Health Center.

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Sweatshop conditions in the early 1900's