The ERA and Corporate Power – May 23, 2023
Cis-Men, for so long, have just been able to BE.
Women, on the other hand, need to justify themselves with looks, skills and achievements. They are told what they SHOULD be and what they SHOULD want. Women are just a commodity that is marketed and marketed to. Corporations want to keep it that way. The ERA would ensconce into law that women have equal rights. It seems like that would just be logical and normal. It’s not allowed to be, because it’s never been allowed to be. This is why it needs to be a legal precedent. Autonomy matters, legally.
March 25, 2023 commemorates the anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire and the heartbreaking deaths of 146 garment workers, mostly young immigrant women and girls. Trapped in the burning factory by locked doors, many leapt to their deaths from the building’s high windows while others asphyxiated or burned inside. Photographs of the tragic aftermath shocked the conscience of the country, and led to improved safety standards for factories, stricter labor laws for children, and the growth of the International Ladies Garment Workers Union.
|One hundred ten years later, workers’ rights have regressed as Democrats and Republicans collude to undermine the power of unions in favor of corporate interests.
A recent expose documented migrant children as young as twelve working in dangerous jobs, with no oversight by the Department of Health and Human Services responsible for protecting them. It is as if the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory disaster never happened.
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