Vanessa May: Domestic Workers, “Nannygates,” and the IRS

Vanessa May discusses the history of the struggle for domestic workers to be protected by labor laws. Continue Reading Vanessa May: Domestic Workers, “Nannygates,” and the IRS

Laurie Green: Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Historian Laurie Green reflects on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s support for union organizing on the anniversary of his death. Continue Reading Laurie Green: Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Vanessa May: When the Workplace Is Someone Else’s Home

Today we welcome a guest post from Vanessa May, author of Unprotected Labor: Household Workers, Politics, and Middle-Class Reform in New York, 1870-1940 (June 2011). Here she reflects on how some of the recent policies that now protect domestic workers in New York mirror the struggle for rights and reform during the era highlighted in… Continue Reading Vanessa May: When the Workplace Is Someone Else’s Home

Remembering the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, a century ago today

On the 100th anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, we share an excerpt from Jennifer Guglielmo’s book Living the Revolution. Continue Reading Remembering the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, a century ago today

The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire: March 25, 1911

As a continuation of our series of posts on National Women’s History Month, today’s post will be about an event from 99 years ago today–the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in New York City. While horrific–146 workers, mostly poor Italian, German, and Jewish women between the ages of eight and twenty perished–the fire at Triangle Shirtwaist… Continue Reading The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire: March 25, 1911