News of this very cool event arrived via an email from Jackie Kirley (retired History):
To friends in academic settings: note students attend Free.
On Thursday, April 7th the Working Women’s History Project will host an event commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire, the fire that changed America.
On March 25, 1911, a fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in New York City took the lives of 146 workers unable to escape the fire. Many jumped from the 9th floor; others died piled up in front of a locked door. Almost all were immigrants.
Public outrage and grief at this horrific tragedy led to new work and safety regulations and general acceptance of collective bargaining. Workers had struck clothing factories two years earlier to protest terrible working conditions and low pay, but to no avail at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory. This tragedy brought reform.
Tickets are $25 ( $30 at the door). They can be purchased online at www.wwhpchicago.org or by mail using the accompanying flyer.
Students attend FREE but must register by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org and bring a current ID with them.
The event includes
- a light buffet with wine
- an original play on the Triangle Fire told from the perspectives of an attorney, one deceased young woman, one survivor – woman, a family member of victim, and the factory owner.
- a historian who authored a book on the Triangle Fire, an OSHA compliance officer, the Midwestern VP of the American Society of Safety Engineers, and the Executive Director of Jobs with Justice who will examine changes in work safety regulations, manufacturing in a global economy, and the organizing of workers.
It is noteworthy that today America is revisiting the debate about worker rights. Come and join the discussion in the Question & Answer period following the panel.
Jackie Kirley Information at email@example.com or 773.667.4690