Happy Labor Day, American Home Eccers! Ah, a day in which we celebrate work by taking the day off! Let’s not forget our sister workers who came before us…
The women in the 1990s who fought against the “glass ceilings” and are just now beginning to break through them.
The moms in the 1980s who had to have their kids be “latchkey children” because they didn’t have after school programs like they do now.
The women in the 1970s who fought for things like equal pay and equal rights.
The “bored housewives” in the 1960s and 1950s who just really wanted some recognition and perhaps, a way to make a bit of money for themselves. One of my grandmothers was one of those women who got tired of no recognition and no money of “her own”, so she went and got an Avon route and was quite successful with it.
The women in the 1940s who went to work in factories since all the men were off to war. My other grandmother was one of those women. She worked in what would later become an electronics factory. I’ve seen pictures of her, all dashing in her slacks and a jaunty hat.
The women in the early parts of the 1900s, who went off to work in places like textile mills and other places, and had since they were children. One of my great-great grandmothers worked in a cotton mill and had been in one since she was six years old.
And all the women who came before them, working inside and outside the home. My (jaunty, 1940s style) hat’s off to all of you. I’m off to take a nap in celebration.