Friday, April 3, 2015

Women's Power Hour: Triangle Shirtwaist Fire Event with Author Cynthia Drew NOW April 8, 6 p.m., Avenue M on Merrimon Avenue

Did 123 Women Die in Vain? Join us for the riveting issue of the historic Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire with Asheville Author Cynthia Drew.

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

On April 8, we'll gather to take a closer look at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire, New York's deadliest workplace accident, which marked its 104th anniversary on 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.

Avenue M PARKING: For convenience, our members have been invited to park at one of the banks across the street from the venue free of charge.

Avenue M SPECIALS: Wednesdays feature one-half price wine specials at Avenue M. Members and friends are encouraged to order food and drinks before, during or after the event.

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Meeting Reminders! Watch your email in-box for our announcements.

Come to our 2nd Sunday monthly MEETING 2:30 p.m. YWCA, S. French Broad Street, and bring a friend. Newcomers may attend two meetings prior to joining, and we encourage all voices to be heard whether a member or not. (Note: Executive Committee meets at 2 p.m. prior to the membership meeting.) All current members are invited to attend.

Mark your calendar monthly for the Asheville Women's Power Hour for a one-of-a-kind meeting to network, build relationships, and create transformation in our public, professional, and private lives. Sponsored by Asheville NOW.