International Women’s Day

Happy 100th International Women’s Day!

The first International Women’s Day was organized 100 years ago.  Less than a week later, (on March 25th) the Triangle Waist Factory fire happened in New York City.  146 women died in the manufacture of cheap textiles.

This December past, at least 30 people died in textile factory fire in Bangladesh – most of them women.

microRevolt is calling out for commemorative armbands so they can acknowledge those who were lost in these tragedies – and acknowledge the lack of progress we’ve made in the past century.  As microRevolt says on their website,

One hundred years after the Triangle fire, we find an insecure economy, a high unemployment rate and most of garment manufacturing outsourced to the developing world. Workers making products for American consumers are still victim to unfair labor policies and factory fires. We continue to struggle at home and abroad for the rights that galvanized the labor movement a century ago.

from microRevolt

Those of us that labour to make our own textiles I think can understand how much work goes into producing cloth.  It’s incredible how even my blog has gotten some responses about readers moving on to make their own armbands!  That’s amazing.  And Ariadne even donated the buttons for my armbands!  I’m sorry about the lack of pictures today;  I’ll sew the buttons on tonight and take some snazzy pictures tomorrow.

The struggle continues.  But we still have to celebrate and make art, right?

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2 responses to “International Women’s Day

  1. Claire, it was lovely hanging out with you. I can’t wait to see photos of your finished armbands. It’s very admirable how you’ve transformed your knitting into a way “to share a statement.” This is such a great project to participate in. It’s also quite awesome that someone else is reading Feminine Mystique at the same time as me. I think Friedan is screwing with my head, along with all the pregnancy hormones… I’m really lucky that you and Molly Ann are so patient with me. I appreciate and value all your help in making these last few days of pregnancy and winter bearable. Perhaps once the weather is better, we can meet outside of Ariadne?

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