146 Women Leap to Death
March 25, 1911 Written by: The Great Muckraker Mrs. Angus
Awful work conditions led to the death of 146 young ladies.
The factory was a death trap with no fire escapes. Plus the exits were locked. It was just a matter of time before the factory went up in smoke. A fire started and quickly spread because of the debris of cloth littered around the dirty factory. Women tried to desperately get out but found it impossible. As a result, they jumped 9 stories to their death. As one bystander said, "They were crackling like buttons on the cobble stone" as they fell (Robert Phillip, poem)
Factory conditions must change! How many more mothers, wives, sisters, and daughters must New York lose before changes are made. Are you will to sacrifice your loved one? Or will you stand by, as the police officers did below, and watch your family and friends die.