Triangle: A story of a revolutIon

On March 25, 1911, a fire broke out in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory. A total of 146 people had died that day. Both men and women. Working conditions were really bad and workers suffered terrible conditions at the time.

Many people gathered to see the tragedy that occurred.
The door might not be opened to a woman again for a long, long time, and I had a kind of duty to other women to walk in and sit down on the chair that was offered, and so establish the right of others long hence and far distant in geography to sit in the high seats. -Frances Perkins

Frances Perkins was a witness of the fire. She had a strong sense of responsibility and decides workers deserve better. Theodore Roosevelt chose her to be apart of the Executive Secretary of the Committee on Safety.

She was responsible for all the changes we have today such as occupancy limitations, fire exits, even removing flammable trash every night from workplaces. Reference from. -Labor Rights Legacy of the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire.

Most of man's problems upon this planet, in the long history of the race, have been met and solved either partially or as a whole by experiment based on common sense and carried out with courage. -Frances Perkins

Those new laws became a model for other states and the federal government. Reflecting on her years as lobbyist, investigator and researcher, she changed many lives. New York marked a change in American political attitudes and policies toward social responsibility can scarcely be overrated. Reference from -HER LIFE: THE WOMAN BEHIND THE NEW DEAL

“The people are what matter to government, and a government should aim to give all the people under its jurisdiction the best possible life.”

She always gave her best effort into her work no matter what she did. Without her, we wouldn't have the things we have today.

She later died May 14, 1965, in New York at the age of 85. She was buried in her family's plot in New Castle, Maine.

Frances Perkins: April 10, 1880 - May 14, 1965

The End. Thank you Frances Perkins and Rest In Peace to the 146 people who died in the fire.

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