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Today in women’s and labor history: Triangle sweatshop fire kills 146

A total of 146 workers - almost all of them immigrant women - were killed in a fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory.

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Today in women’s and labor history: Teachers unite in NYC

The United Federation of Teachers was formed to represent New York City public school teachers on March 16, 1960.

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Remembering: The Woman Suffrage Parade of 1913

The first suffragist demonstration took place in Washington, D.C. on March 3, 1913.

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Obama uses Pullman monument dedication to push workers’ rights

"Dignity and opportunity aren't just gifts to be handed down by a generous government or by a generous employer.  They are rights."

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Today in African American history: An important birthday

What you may not realize is that the founding of the NAACP took place, significantly on Abraham Lincoln's centennial birthdate, in 1909.

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Today in African American history: Birthday of writer Alice Walker

The writer and activist Alice Walker was born on this day in 1944 in Putnam County, Georgia. 

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Today in African American history: Celebrating life of Bob Marley

Bob Marley, the internationally famous and influential performer of reggae music, was born in northern Jamaica on this date in 1945.

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Today in labor history: The Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993

The FMLA was intended "to balance the demands of the workplace with the needs of families."

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Today in labor history: Birth and death of Betty Friedan

Betty Friedan was born on this date in 1921, and died on the same date in 2006 at the age of 85.

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Today in labor history: “What’s My Line?” debuts

Sixty-five years ago, at 8 pm Eastern time on February 2, 1950, the game show What's My Line? debuted on CBS-TV.

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