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Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire

For Women, History is Happening Now

Laura Reyes | Posted 03.27.2015 | Women
Laura Reyes

As we look back on Women's History Month, it's easy to look forward with great expectations. Women are still making a difference -- in the labor movement and throughout our society. Unions remain a solid pathway to success for America's women.

The Triangle Fire's Lasting Legacy

Carl Fillichio | Posted 03.25.2015 | Books
Carl Fillichio

Frances Perkins was having tea with a friend when she heard the fire engines. They looked out to see a crowd rushing past them toward the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory, whose top floors were shrouded in smoke and flames.

Remembering the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire in 2015

Keith Mestrich | Posted 05.24.2015 | Business
Keith Mestrich

The backlash to this incident became a turning point in the history of the US and global labor movements. But 104 years later, it has become clear that too many folks in this country have forgotten the painful lessons of that day.

Women and the Sidewalks of New York

Kim Dramer | Posted 05.17.2015 | Impact
Kim Dramer

In Chalk, volunteers use colored sidewalk chalk to inscribe the name and age of each woman on the pavement in front of her home. A small sign is taped to her building, asking New Yorkers to remember her life and the continued fight for economic justice for all women.

From Shirtwaist to Bangladesh, What's Next?

John Washington | Posted 06.29.2014 | Business
John Washington

While we decry the atrocious conditions in Bangladeshi garment factors, and guiltily ignore underage labor and worker suicides in Chinese electronics factories, we shouldn't forget to be appalled by the workplace conditions in our own backyard.

Why the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire Is Important Today

Keith Mestrich | Posted 05.25.2014 | New York
Keith Mestrich

The horrific event generated a nationwide outcry about working conditions and spurred efforts to improve standards.

Have We Forgotten the Lessons of the Triangle Fire?

Peter Dreier | Posted 05.24.2014 | Business
Peter Dreier

Even after the fire, the city's businesses continued to insist they could regulate themselves, but the deaths clearly demonstrated that companies like Triangle, if left to their own devices, would not concern themselves with their workers' safety.

Outsourcing Death and Injury to Boost the Bottom Line

Allan Brawley | Posted 07.13.2013 | Business
Allan Brawley

Today's Bangladeshi dead and injured are the equivalent of those unprotected American miners, railroad workers and mill hands of a hundred years ago.

John Liu and the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire on Yetta Kurland LIVE!

Yetta Kurland | Posted 05.28.2013 | Gay Voices
Yetta Kurland

This week, I was joined in the studio by NYC Comptroller and newly declared mayoral candidate John C. Liu. Topics include the controversial "stop & frisk," housing and LGBT politics.

Brand Names and Mass Graves

Robert Koehler | Posted 01.29.2013 | World
Robert Koehler

A fire swept through a sweatshop in Bangladesh on Nov. 24, killing at least 112 people, nearly half of whom were unidentifiable and buried in a mass grave. The sweatshop, which produced brand-name garments for major retail outlets such as Walmart and Sears, has been described as a deathtrap.

2011 Workers Voice Awards Named, Signals Strong Year for Worker-Based Themes in Pop Culture

Wyatt Closs | Posted 01.28.2012 | Entertainment
Wyatt Closs

Can a film about an immigrant father struggling to start a gardening business be a defining work of 2011? Yes. Who was best at amplifying workers' voi...

National Book Award Finalists Get Grilled by Teens (PHOTOS)

Rocco Staino | Posted 01.17.2012 | Books
Rocco Staino

With the aid of technology, students from around the country were able to join kids from New York City area schools in a Teen News Conference with the five finalists for the National Book Award in Young People's Literature.

Sometimes It Takes a Fire to Wake Us Up

Matt Ryan | Posted 05.30.2011 | New York
Matt Ryan

In many parts of the world, it may be 2011, but at Walmart, it's still 1911. The fire that consumed those 146 girls' lives is in this respect still burning -- only now it has become a global fire.

Maine GOP Propose Dishonoring Female Labor Heroes Who Took Action After Witnessing 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire

Democracy Now! | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Democracy Now!

One hundred years after the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, Republican leaders are leveraging an anti-labor movement to roll back many rights workers' fought for in the early 20th century.

Marking the 100th Anniversary of the Triangle Factory Fire

Rep. John Conyers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. John Conyers

We are still saddened today at the senseless loss of life in the Triangle fire. We are still galvanized by the call for workers' rights in its aftermath. But I'm also struck by those who refuse to learn the lessons this tragedy can teach us.

PHOTOS: Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire Remembered In NYC

AP/The Huffington Post | By BETH FOUHY | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

NEW YORK -- The centennial commemoration of the Triangle shirtwaist factory fire became a rally for organized labor Friday, as hundreds marched and vo...

The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire, 100 Years Later

Eric T. Schneiderman | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Eric T. Schneiderman

The lessons of the Triangle Shirtwaist fire have been lost on many of my colleagues in government. In Wisconsin, we are seeing a radical assault on employee protections.

The Triangle Fire and the Media: 100 Years Later

Catherine Cloutier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Catherine Cloutier

The Triangle fire was an influential event in the history of journalism. Publications across the country united in defense of the defenseless as muckrakers advocated for social change.

Outsourcing Tragedy: On the 100th Anniversary of Triangle Shirtwaist, Workers Are Still Dying in Garment Factory Fires

Scott Nova | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Scott Nova

The sad irony on this centennial of the Triangle tragedy is that the abusive conditions, poverty wages and shoddy garment industry safety practices that unions and social reformers decried in 1911 have not been eliminated.

Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire: 7 Books To Remember The 100th Anniversary

Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

One hundred years ago today, the Triangle Shirtwaist fire killed 175 people who were either trapped or leapt to their death to escape the flames. The ...

The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory: Victory Among a Century's Tears

Richard Z. Chesnoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Richard Z. Chesnoff

With the exception of September 11, 2001, no disaster has ever traumatized New York more than the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire of March 25, 1911 -- 100 years ago this weekend.

Tragedy Of Triangle Fire 100 Years Later

AP | By KAREN MATTHEWS | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

NEW YORK -- It was a warm spring Saturday when dozens of immigrant girls and women leapt to their deaths – some with their clothes on fire, some...

The Men Who Cried Wolf

Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins

The Environmental Protection Agency's new mercury and air toxics rule doesn't require that power plants emit floral-scented perfumes, but just that the lowest acceptable levels be a little higher.

Exploring Women's History, To Inspire Women's History

Michael Gelinas | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Michael Gelinas

Despite the forces of sexism, exploitation, harassment, and unequal pay, women can reflect proudly this International Women's Day, and rally around women and their successes.

Women at Work: Historic Photos From the Museum of the City of New York

Lacy Schutz | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Lacy Schutz

We celebrate Women's History Month with this selection of photographs, and observe the 100th anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, a seminal event in women's labor history.