Two women participating in the Uprising of 20,000, 1910. Image courtesy of Ephemeral New York
The uprising of 20,000 workers
The strike began on November 23rd, 1909, and 20,000 garment workers participated.
The strike lasted a total of 11 weeks. After the strike, most shirtwaist factories gave their employees better working hours, pay, and conditions. The strike led to 85% of garment workers joining a union. The Triangle Factory didn't make any agreement. Had they, the tragic fire wouldn't have occurred.
If I turn traitor to the cause I now pledge, may this hand wither from the arm I now raise.
-Clara Lemlich, 1909. Courtesy of PBS.