Man Confused: Why Do We Celebrate Women In Labor Day?
"We already have Mother's Day," explained Frank. "So isn't labor day just redundant?"
Frank was searching the internet as I spoke with him, trying to figure out what Labor Day was all about.
"I mean, is this supposed to be a day we recognize how hard it is for women to give birth or something? I imagine that's a hard thing to do, sure, but why stop working for a day just today, "HEY THANKS FOR PUSHING US OUT!"
"I feel that we are leaving some women out, like those who can't have babies and will never go through hours of labor pain. Aren't we making them feel bad? I think we should end this holiday we call LABOR DAY!"
Having finally had enough I leaned over to Frank and slowly explained: Labor Day is observed the first Monday in September. Labor Day is an annual celebration of the social and economic achievements of American workers. The holiday is rooted in the late nineteenth century when labor activists pushed for a federal holiday to recognize the many contributions workers have made to America’s strength, prosperity, and well-being.
American labor has raised the nation’s standard of living and contributed to the greatest production the world has ever known and the labor movement has brought us closer to the realization of our traditional ideals of economic and political democracy. It is appropriate, therefore, that the nation pays tribute on Labor Day to the creator of so much of the nation's strength, freedom, and leadership – the American worker. (History of Labor Day - Department Of Labor).
Frank sat up straight in this chair and processed this for a moment.
"So I shouldn't have sent my Mom flowers thanking her for being in labor with me for 13 hours?"
"We don't need a day for that Frank," I explained. "She'll make you feel guilty for that for the rest of your life.