Saturday, January 24, 2015

Women's Power Hour Feb. 19: Examining A Woman's Worth

The first monthly Asheville Women's Power Hour will be February 19, third Thursday, at 6 p.m. To receive notification when the location has been confirmed, please click on the NOW logo in the right sidebar to sign up to receive our news and information.

The Women's Power Hour will be a monthly event issues uniquely of value to women. During these events, women from all walks of life will build relationships and create transformation in our public, professional, and private lives. 

All Women's Power Hour events are sponsored by Asheville NOW. 

February's topic will be:

Examining A Woman's Worth: The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire, Workplace Conditions, and NC's Unresolved Issues 

In honor of February as Women's History Month, and in advance of International Women's Day on March 8, we'll take a closer look at the  Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire, New York's deadliest workplace accident, on the threshold of its 104th anniversary of March 25.

Nearly 150 individuals perished in the avoidable tragedy - rendered all the more poignant in light of North Carolina's own industrial past. The exploited workers killed that day were mostly young women, recent immigrants of Jewish and Italian descent.

President Obama referred to the fire as " The Triangle factory fire was a galvanizing moment, calling American leaders to reexamine their approach to workplace conditions and the purpose of unions." The current Fair Wages debates regarding women and workplace conditions make this a particularly relevant look at this unresolved issue in our nation's and state's present labor challenges.


At the event, women will meet and greet Asheville author Cynthia Drew,, who will talk about her novel, "City of Slaughter," which is set against the dramatic backdrop of this historic event.  Drew teaches Creative Writing at UNC-Asheville's Reuter Center and her award-winning short stories have appeared in numerous literary journals and anthologies.

The author worked for several years in New York City's garment district. She will answer questions following the screening of a respected History Channel documentary on this critical event.

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