Remembering the Triangle Factory Fire, 100 years later

Shirtwaist Strike & Other Strikes

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Women shirtwaist strikers picket on Wooster Street. During their bitter cold morning and evening shifts, they called out to strike breakers to join the union and earn better wages in a safer workplace. They were regularly abused by hired thugs and beaten and arrested by police officers. Some fathers and brothers who supported the strike were reluctant to allow participation in such an 'unladylike,' public and dangerous defiance of authority.

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Sweatshop conditions in the early 1900's