Thursday, March 8, 2001

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  • International Women’s Day

    Today is International Women’s Day. For the next hour, we’ll hear from women from around the world. But before we go to Ireland,England, Uganda, Guyana, and Spain, we thought we’d start right here in New York City, where this past weekend, hundreds of people woundtheir way through the city protesting sweatshops, stopping at Foot Locker, which carries Nike shoes, and The Gap, and ending up at thesite of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory. There, 90 years ago, 146 women workers died in a fire as they were making shirtwaists. Thedoors were locked. The tragedy sparked new levels of women’s union organizing.

  • Working Women

    Around globe, women work. They work in the maquiladoras of Latin America, the computer assembly plants of Asia, the small farms ofAfrica. They endure long hours in poorly designed workplaces doing repetitive, stressful jobs that bring low wages and an epidemic ofworkplace injuries.

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