Remembering the Triangle Factory Fire, 100 years later

Shirtwaist Strike & Other Strikes

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As a garment worker and member of the New York Women’s Trade Union League (WTUL) executive board, Rose Schneiderman worked to focus wealthy women’s attention on labor issues during the shirtwaist strike, when many put primary emphasis on women’s rights and suffrage. Hoping to boost respectability of the strikers and diminish the likelihood of picket line violence, Schneiderman also helped arrange for these elite women to join factory picketers.

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Sweatshop conditions in the early 1900's