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March 8 International Women's Day 2023

Updated: Mar 30, 2023

Some History of International Women's Day

Women textile workers on strike in 1912, Lawrence, Mass

On the morning of March 25, 1911, 146 women workers were killed in a fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in New York in the early morning of March 25. The doors to the factory were locked and firefighters' ladders could not reach the factory windows. Women burned to death or were killed as they tried to jump from the ninth floor of the factory. Most of the women were immigrants. Only a year before, garment workers, including workers at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory, had organized a strike to demand better working conditions and wages. Factory owners refused to make concessions and the strike failed. Women and men commemorate the women who died by organizing and fighting for better working conditions, wages and women's rights. The struggle for "bread and also roses' continues today. 2023 Asian women in China, Cambodia, Vietnam make up almost 80% of the workforce in the garment industry as cheap labour. In North America, Asian women sew in factories and do piece work at home without labour protections or job security. Women continue to fight for safe, dignified work and adequate pay in the workplace.

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