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These days, being a teenager isn’t easy. Teens’ overburdened schedules often include juggling afterschool activities, sports practice, and homework, which combined with working part time for extra spending money or to contribute to household expenses, leaves many teens feeling overworked, stressed, and stretched to the limit.
A century ago, the National Consumers League helped write and enact the first child labor laws in states across the country. Today, advocates are dismayed at efforts in two states to roll back protections for working youth.
Advocates celebrating the 100th anniversary of the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire gathered for an event hosted by NCL and a diverse coalition of other organizations in March in Washington, DC to discuss the question: how far have workers' rights come in the 100 years since the tragic fire?