A female seamstress (unlike a male tailor) is someone who sews seams or a machine operator in a factory who may not have the skills to make garments ‘from scratch’ or to fit them onto a real body. This term is not a synonym for dressmaker. Seamstress is an old, unkind euphemism for prostitute. Note the calamitous NYC garment district fire as perverse sex discrimination vs. females

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NYC garment district Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire

Image of Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire on March 25 - 1911.jpg
Date March 25, 1911
Time 4:40 PM (local time)
Location Manhattan, New York City, U.S.
Deaths 146
Injuries 71

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tailor

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Triangle_Shirtwaist_Factory_fire

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The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in New York City on March 25, 1911, was one of the deadliest industrial disasters in the history of the city of New York and resulted in the fourth highest loss of life from an industrial accident in U.S. history. It was also one of the deadliest disasters that occurred in New York City – after the burning of the General Slocum on June 15, 1904 – until the destruction of the World Trade Center 90 years later. The fire caused the deaths of 146 garment workers, who died from the fire, smoke inhalation, or falling or jumping to their deaths.

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Most of the victims were recent Jewish and Italian immigrant women aged sixteen to twenty-three;  of the victims whose ages are known, the oldest victim was Providenza Panno at 43, and the youngest were 14-year-olds Kate Leone and “Sara” Rosaria Maltese.

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Because the managers had locked the doors to the stairwells and exits – a common practice at the time to prevent pilferage and unauthorized breaks – many of the workers who could not escape the burning building jumped from the eighth, ninth, and tenth floors to the streets below. The fire led to legislation requiring improved factory safety standards and helped spur the growth of the International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union, which fought for better working conditions for sweatshop workers.

The factory was located in the Asch Building, at 23–29 Washington Place, now known as the Brown Building, which has been designated a National Historic Landmark and a New York City landmark.

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