Throughout the past twentieth century, there have been numerous life-changing events that have immensely affected the course of women’s history. Women have fought hard in order to live a better life and without their dedication, commitment, and integrity, women’s lives would not be as they are today. The two most pivotally transformative milestones that have forever changed women’s lives are the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire and the Birth Control Pill. The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire stands out as one of the most important milestone moments in history because dangerous and unsafe working conditions were drastically changed after one hundred and forty-six workers passed away. The Birth Control Pill improved the lives of women and their families …show more content…
This tragic event is well known as the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire, which killed one hundred and forty-six young, Italian and European Jewish immigrants due to poor working conditions. Although strikes had been done in previous years to end the dangerous and unsanitary conditions in the workforce, many changes were not made and workers continued to experience harsh treatment while working in the factories. The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire stands out as one of the main turning points in U.S Women’s History because it completely changed the lives of women. The working conditions and precautions improved significantly and women were much happier knowing that they were safe and protected by the law. The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire not only taught people the importance of standing up for what they believe in and having a voice in society, but also encouraging others to understand the necessary regulations and precautions that need to be followed and taken seriously in the …show more content…
During the nineteenth century, women were forced to marry young, have children, and take care of the household while their husbands worked and supported the family financially. The women represented the values of piety, purity, submissiveness and domesticity. This concept, known as the ideology of true womanhood, was transformed the moment the Birth Control Pill became invented. Women began focusing on their strengths and skills that were not necessarily within the household anymore. Many wanted to get occupations and start a career of their own without having to worry about getting pregnant. Since delaying parenthood was now much easier, both women and men invested much of their time with getting an education, a job and then boosting their income in order to support their future family. With the invention of the Birth Control Pill, these hopes and dreams of many of the women were finally coming
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The New York Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire is infamous as one of the deadliest industrial disasters in United States history. However, it is was a turning point for American labor. The public outrage that erupted following the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire was the primary force behind the expansion of labor laws in the United States of America. The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire led to the expansion of labor laws because of its conditions.
Could the fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory have been prevented? I am not going to answer that question just yet. Without assessing all of the information to prevent the making of unfounded accusations. First things first you may be asking yourself what a Triangle Shirtwaist is. A triangle shirtwaist is a type of blouse that many women wore in the early 1900's.
For this assignment, I reviewed the Great Fire of Chicago that occurred on October 8, 1871. A man-made hazard that has a lot of similarities to this fire would be the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire. This fire happened on March 25, 1911, and was one of the most notorious industrial fires that have occurred in the United States. The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire happened in the Asch Building located in downtown Manhattan. There were around 230-275 workers distributed throughout two floors when the fire broke out at quitting time.
Most of them were new immigrants. Young Jewish women from Eastern Europe and Catholic women from Italy. Von Drehle says in his book, “they were underpaid and overworked, but also independent, resolute and freethinking.” They were alone in the city working six long days a week, and sending all the money back home and keeping nothing for themselves. But, just a year earlier, these women had walked out of their jobs, activating a strike that called for better work conditions.
The formation of stronger labor unions was a direct result of the tragic Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire. Following the major strike, the 1909 Uprising of Twenty Thousand, the Triangle Factory was able to avoid joining the ILGWU, or the International Ladies’ Garment Workers Union (Greenwald, 2002). They were one of very few who did not join the ILGWE at the time because they were so successful, strikes did not matter to them from a business perspective. This meant that even if the employees joined the union, it was fruitless if the business did not recognize or join as well. The workers then had to come back to work without anything changed.
The Fire That Sparked The Progressive Era and Reform The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in March 1911 tragically ended the lives of 146 workers way too soon. The majority of these workers were Jewish and Italian immigrant women (Hewitt, and Lawson 575), who were typically young, and worked under neglectful owners (Max Blanck and Isaac Harris) who failed to maintain safety regulations that could have easily prevented the intolerable death count. Amongst the tragedy, however; came important workplace safety laws and reforms that wouldn't have been possible without the horrific happenings of the Triangle Factory fire.
Many companies and factories don't meet their requirements when it comes to workers rights. During “the booming years” Workers didn't get all the benefits and needs they needed. Around 1911, On an average day one hundred people died on the job. The rights for the workers in the Shirtwaist factory were very poor. They got little to no rights and little to no pay.
The late 1800s and the early 1900s saw an extraordinary increase in the size and the amount of people living in cities in America. Thousands flocked to cities like New York and Boston looking for work in Americas thriving industrial economy, where it was promised that anyone could get wealthy through hard work. As more people began to move into cities the amount of room was beginning to run low, which eventually lead to the first skyscrapers being built in order to create more room. Wealthy individuals who lived in cities lived extravagant life styles, being able to buy the best homes, cloths, and products available to them without having to worry about anything but their social statues. The working class however were living very different
The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire It is unbelievable as a worker in today’s society to read about laborers working 14-20 hours, not allowed to speak the whole time, but it was a reality for workers at the turn of the 20th century. As our nation entered into the 20th century, there was a major push by the Progressives for changes in the workplace that had been going on for nearly a decade, but with no success. While the Progressive movement had sparked changes in public health, the workplace had not changed for the better. Workers in most jobs had to work long hours, at low pay, with no safety regulations. A perfect example was at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory, where workers were required to work 14-20 hours a day, locked into their workspace
Industrialization in the United States created increased employment opportunities in factories and metropolitan regions, liberating women from conventional homemaking responsibilities. Consequently, women sought independent lives, gaining financial independence and personal expression (Source 4). Women from various racial and cultural backgrounds, particularly those from working-class neighborhoods, entered the workforce, advocating for better working conditions and fair pay. These advancements shattered preconceived notions of gender roles, laying the groundwork for future women's rights
Margaret Sanger discusses the importance of female access to contraceptives in her piece titled “Birth Control”. Sanger argues that “no woman can call herself free who does not own and control her body. No woman can call herself free until she can choose consciously whether she will or will not be a mother”, implying that birth control is the key to any form of autonomy (Sanger 144). Sanger is aware that it takes two to tango, however emphasizes that a women’s body is hers and only hers to protect. Motherhood can be an occupation in itself, which is why women should be able to choose whether or not she wants to apply for the job.
Planned Parenthood declares that, “College enrollment was 20% higher among women who could access the birth control pill legally by age 18 in 1970” (2) In the article “Love, Sex, Freedom and The Paradox Of the Pill” authors Kathleen Gibbs, Nancy Van Dyk and Deirdre Adams reveal that the increasing number of women going into college was a result of colleges and graduate schools being encouraged to change their perspective of women dropping out due to pregnancy and allowing them to attend. Thus making the number of women seeking an education to increase greatly, “...10% of first year law students to 36% and from 4% of business-school students to 28%” (45). Before birth control it was difficult for women to be accepted into colleges due to the sexism held by the majority of America which led them to believe that careers such as being a lawyer, was a job only a man could pursue. The contraceptive was making a huge impact on how women were looked at in the educational system, as well as how they could further their abilities without being restricted by having a child too
Owner Isaac Harris and Max Blank should be responsible for lives of 146 young immigrants and be blamed for the death of their workers in the Triangle Shirtwaist factory fire in 1911. The testimony of Mae Caliandrolevantini provides fact, she heard screams on the eighth floor, so she ran to the door. Mae states the door was locked and the only way to have access is turning the key to get in. Mae Caliandrolevantini provides proof door been locked and not providing opened doors for fire emergency evacuation of an employee, is a violation. Second testimony Katie Weiner also tries to turn the knob she pushed it toward her and tried force in, and the door wouldn’t open.
The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire was a devastating fire that killed 146 girls in New York City (Leap for Life, Leap for Death). At this time, citizens of New York were furious and demanded that the government do something to prevent future tragedies. The government responded and the reforms that the government made, it changed the future of New York industry. The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire, one of history’s deadliest fires, came as a result of outrageously unsafe working conditions, led to a high death toll and injury total, but, ultimately resulted in reforms that helped safeguard future factory workers.
The detrimental Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire is considered to be one of the most tragic disasters in history. On March 25th, 1911, a fire broke out and killed 146 garment workers who were mostly women. These women worked countless hours with low wages and inhumane working conditions in a factory. Even though this event was tragic, the triangle shirtwaist fire helped to shape the new world for the better. The multitude of workers trapped within the inferno to their demise was the final straw for the mistreatment of America’s workers.