In the USA, this weekend is a holiday – Labor Day. According to the US Department of Labor’s “History of Labor Day” webpage:
Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.
The actual beginning of Labor Day Celebrations may be disputed, but appears to have begun around 1882 in New York City. Later, individual states made it an official celebration and on June 28, 1894:
. . . Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September of each year a legal holiday in the District of Columbia and the territories.
Women have long been a member of the labor force. I saw this picture on Facebook of a Labor Day parade float from 1959.
Women of the ILGWU ride on a float in the shape of a giant sewing machine in the 1959 Labor Day parade, show off the tools of the trade and also wearing fashions manufactured by union members.
My sewing may not be part of the formal ‘work force’, but I’m happy to be a member of a large group of ladies (and men) that use their skills & talents with needle & thread to share a bit of their hearts with others. Family, Friends or Strangers that receive a quilt that I am a part of will forever have a part of my life & heart.
Happy Labor Day to my friend in the US.