Today is International Women's Day.
On Abovethelaw, it is female lawyer-journalist, Kathryn Rubino, who provides the history of such a seminal holiday.
That begin in 1857 with the female women garment industry workers pushing for a better deal. That might not have included enough lobbyng for better safety in the factories.
On March 25, 1911, there was the tragic Triangle Shirtwaist fire. My grandmother from Poland could have been trapped in it. At the time she was employed in another garment-making hellhole in Manhattan. Later my aunts were.
I grew up hearing stories of tyrannical male bosses and even-worse female supervisors. Those relatives were lucky or unlucky enough to continue to be employed during The Great Depression. Working conditions, of course, worsened. Some of them considered it a relief when they could do a career change to cleaning Manhattan office buildings.
For that world of opportunity, they commuted from Jersey City, New Jersey on a bus to the PATH tubes, then once in New York, on the subway.
All that is not over. In emerging economies, even children labor in unsafe sweatshops. No question, I'd pay higher prices to have garments produced humanely. Let's remember both the women and children today on International Women's Day.
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