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Strikes, Ladies Tailors, Picket Girls on Duty, 1910

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Unknown, STRIKES, LADIES TAILORS, N.Y., FEB. 1910, PICKET GIRLS ON DUTY (1910). Courtesy of the Library of Congress.

Creator Unknown
Context Two women garment workers on picket line during the "Uprising of the 20,000"
Audience People standing along St. Paul Street, New York City
Purpose To show the striking garment workers

Historical Significance

In 1913, garment workers in New York's largest clothing factory went on strike for better working conditions. Their demands included an eight-hour work day, increased overtime pay, holiday leave, and union recognition. They won some concessions, including a fifty-four-hour work week, time-and-a-half for overtime, and five legal holidays off. The general public supported this strike largely because of publicity surrounding the report of the New York State Factory Investigating Commission, which had exposed the harsh and unsafe working conditions in many of the state's factories. The commission was established after 146 workers, mostly young immigrant girls, died in the 1911 Triangle Shirt Waist Company fire in New York City.

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