"Strike, strike, strike!"
1. Always value the people who work for you, and treat them well.
2. Question authority when you have a valid reason.
3. Never give up.
#1 Value the People who Work for You, Treat Them Well
With the invention of the industrial sewing machine came employers' demand for more from their workers (sound familiar?). The workers had no rights.
#2 Question Authority
Clara realises that this was not the America she had imagined. She questions why the girls have to work like slaves. Clara proposes to strike until the bosses treat them better.
#3 Never Give Up
Clara's actions led to the first steps towards improving working conditions for garment workers, and progress has been made since 1909. However, I felt it important to share with my child that while things are different today, garment workers in various countries still work under hazardous conditions and have few or no rights. A lot more needs to be done not only in developing countries (where most of the focus seems to be), but also in the West where poor working conditions (surprisingly) still exist. Let's not have another Rana tragedy.