The Women's Studies Program will host the latest in their Brown Bag Lunch Series from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7, in room 144 in McGannon Hall. Marcia McCormick, J.D., will present "Women/Feminism in the Workplace Laws."
All are welcome to attend this event and participants are invited to bring a lunch. Refreshments will be provided.
About the talk
Just over a century ago, one of the worst industrial accidents in this nation's history, a fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory, killed 146 workers, the overwhelming majority of whom were young women in their teens or early twenties. At the time, a significant portion of women were in the paid labor force, but they were largely invisible as workers. The fire made them visible and provided some link between different strands of the Progressive movement and the first wave of the Women's movement.
At the time, few laws regulated the workplace, but some protective labor legislation had been successfully enacted for women workers. The debate over which was better for women, special rights or equal rights, was front and center during this time period. The second and third waves of feminism have seemed to encounter many of the same obstacles. This discussion will consider how much things have changed and how much they have remained the same and the utility of law as a device for social change, tracing the history of workplace laws and relating them to current debates over women's equality.