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We Can Do It!

During WWII American women joined the workforce in droves to replace the men who went off to fight. By 1945 one out of every four married women worked outside the home, many of them working in the aviation industry. The original illustration that we know as “Rosie the Riveter” was was drawn by artist J. Howard Miller, who was hired by Westinghouse to create morale-boosting posters for the company’s workers. The poster was only seen by Westinghouse staff and just for a two week period in 1943. When the image was rediscovered in the 1980s it quickly became associated with feminism and mistakenly identified as the Rosie the Riveter illustration created by Norman Rockwell for the cover of The Saturday Evening Post in May 1943.

By the way, I took the image from a badge for the 1993 inauguration of Bill Clinton.

Wishing all workers a happy, safe, and restful Labor Day.

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Happy Labor Day!

Whatever you’re doing today, ODFL hopes you’re doing it in style.

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Yesh! Even fashion bloggers, who today will be putting away their whites for the season. Or maybe not.

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Know who made your clothes. Photo: Fashion Revolution

I feel bad that my whole family ended up working in the garments factories … It wasn’t supposed to end up like this. I’ve been working in garments for eight years. I work on the machines. I started when I was 11 or 12. It was difficult. I really struggled to handle the workload … There are not any other jobs for girls like us. We aren’t educated so how could we get a decent job? Without the garments factories we’d have nothing. Once you start working in garments, you’re trapped. It’s no different to being in a prison

– A young woman garment worker. (From the documentary UDITA.)

This woman and her two sisters live in Dhaka (the capital of Bangladesh) and work at the same factory. All three have young children and husbands who walked out on them. They share one room with their children, parents, and a brother. They get MAYBE one day off a week and worry whether they’ll even get paid.

In 2013 the minimum wage for garment workers in Bangladesh was $38 a month as reported in the New York Times. Workers most often live in poverty. They are not paid overtime and sometimes they’re not paid at all. No paid sick time, vacations, or a Labor Day holiday! Any talk of unions can result in intimidation and firing.

Something to think about this Labor Day holiday.

Click here to watch UDITA and learn more about the working and living conditions for garment workers in Bangladesh.

 

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MV5BMTkwNzExMjk0MF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwOTUzNDcyMw@@._V1_SX640_SY720_All day long I felt like white open-toed shoes after Labor Day.

– Elle Woods, character (played by Reese Witherspoon) in the film Legally Blonde 2.

I get ya, Elle. You know those days that are just wrong? Days where you feel out of step? You can’t seem to do or say anything right? Yeah, I think we all can relate.

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