In 1894, Labor Day became a federal holiday. Lots of people view it as the last hurrah of Summer and spend the whole weekend at BBQs, but it’s also a day to celebrate contributions and achievements of hard-working Americans. That usually meant the work of men. I imagine the women didn’t take the day off from doing laundry, cooking, cleaning, teaching their kids and the countless other tasks they had to do on a daily basis. During World War II record numbers of women started working outside the home. “Rosie The Riveter”* (to the left) was part of the U.S. government’s propaganda campaign aimed at luring women into the Munitions Industry.

I’ve had this famous poster for several years now. I love it because it reminds me about the strength of women.┬áMany of us work at home, just like the majority of women pre-WWII, but that’s our choice. We take care of the house and kids, but we also run businesses and work for others in our home offices. I’m more than a Stay At Home Mom. I also promote insurance agencies, babysit and tutor students in math. Then there are the women who are a part of the workforce, who still take care of their families and homes. My friend Amy keeps her house in perfect order, but she also coaches at her kids’ school, cleans houses and does data entry for a lawyer. She’s one of those Super Moms. Neither is better than the other. Both types of women have that do-what-you-gotta attitude and that’s what makes them strong.

So don’t forget to thank the women in your life today for all their hard work. Remember their work doesn’t stop just because it’s Labor Day. The dirty dishes and clothes, hungry mouths and crying babies won’t give her a break. However, you can help lighten her load by pitching in. I know I appreciate all the help my husband does after a long day of work and school. I love it when he helps with the dishes and gives the boys a bath; few things are more romantic. Men, I think this is true for all women.

Happy Labor Day, America!

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