67. The Tag That Explains Little

Bethany Stafford Smith

In America we have a hard time noticing anything beyond the “XL” when we see this tag. It is easy to find shame in our size, instead of worry about the origination of the shirt that the size is attached to. We’ve all seen a million of these, and they’re almost irritating, itching the back of your neck. Tags never seem significant for anything except maybe the washing machine instructions and a designer’s name. Little attention is given to the other information that this tag presents, for instance “Made in Honduras”. It omits the story behind the sweatshop the clothes came from, the children whose education it robbed, or the workers who were injured and left destitute in the process. These companies set unrealistic production goals and make injuries on the job inevitable with their long hours and already unsafe conditions. Though sometimes the Maquilas (sweatshops) pay wages that are livable, the workers have no idea that they deserve the right to work in a place that does not risk their health. Because of this, the employees are taken advantage of and not given fair compensation when injured, or any worker’s rights. The lack of attention given to this grave injustice is the reason that it still occurs, so the more people these facts reach, the better.

Works Cited:

Joomkit. "Women Factory Workers in Honduras." Http://www.waronwant.org (n.d.): n. Web. 2 Dec. 2013.

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