Today it’s difficult for us to imagine how a simple women’s garment, the Industrial Revolution, and labor practices could all be related. Right now, women wear t-shirts, polos, uniforms of all kinds, and dressy clothes on special occasions. But in 1911 the culture of New York City and the nation, was much different. Labor laws, women’s rights, and building codes all changed after a tragic disaster brought all of these different issues together.
Now, 112 years later, Jeff Moss, Tyler J. Thomas, and Tim Coleman will share with you the factors that led up to this disaster, and how building codes and the hardware that makes life safer changed as a result.