Anti Sweatshop Legislation

Carol RoachStarred Page By Carol Roach, 8th Apr 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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In the struggle for women's rights which stems well over a century, some women made great strides in changing the social mores of the day. The plight of the poor is an ongoing topic in women’s issues and women’s rights. This series will look at early sweatshops.


So far we have reviewed the dire conditions found in sweatshops. We have noted that sweatshops were horrendous places that operated on physical and emotional abuse. We saw that sweatshops were the only working places for many American and immigrant women as well. We also found that sweatshops of the past had no regard for safety standards. Now we will turn our focus to Anti Sweatshop legislation.

Anti-Sweatshop Legislation

Anti-Sweatshop Legislation

The first legislation in America against sweatshop practices actually was effectuated in 1893. Florence Kelly's campaign in Chicago was formulated to address the issue of public health. Kelly, who was the Illinois factory inspector, worked at the state level to set the working norms of the day. She worked to have the working hours cut for women and children workers and she got the legal requirement for factory and workshop inspections approved. However, the Illinois Supreme Court would later declare portions of the anti-sweatshop law regarding 8-hour workdays unconstitutional. Debate went on for years about this kind of legislation. After 1908, a 10-hour legislation was put in affect in Ohio.

Decent Working Conditions and Fair Competition Act

Legislation was passed in 2006, to ban the import or export of sweatshop products in America. The National Labor Committee with the help of the United Steelworkers of America introduced senate bill 3485.

Still there is room for more legislation to get factories to clean up their act or shutdown. The cheap wages is an economic necessity in some cases; however. that practice should never be at the expense of the factory workers. Private sector profit and greed should never come before public welfare.

to be continued

Some links to previous articles

The horrendous conditions of sweatshops in America, Canada and Montreal then and now

The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire

Garment Factory Workers Go On Strike

Women's lives lost in the Triangle Shirtwaist factory

Factory Standards

Tenement Sweatshops worked outside the factory site

Hispanic Workers at Risk for Premature Death in American Factories

All photos taken from the public domain

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author avatar Kingwell
10th Apr 2015 (#)

Thanks for sharing. Blessings.

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