This Lewis Hine photograph shows a thin little girl standing by her cotton mill. It became famous in the movement to abolish child labor.
One person always comes to my mind on Labor Day. That is Mary Harris Jones, better known as "Mother Jones."
Born in Ireland in 1830, Mary Jones had major tragedies in her life. Her husband was a laborer who was poorly treated in the workplace. She lost her husband and four children to yellow fever. She started a dressmaking business in Chicago only to see it destroyed by fire.
---Mary Jones was more than 50 years old when she undertook the crusade as a union organizer to protect workers. She had a fascinating life and was absolutely tireless in her devotion. If you think Mother Jones is only a magazine, I encourage you to learn more about the REAL Mother Jones. Well into her 80s, Mary Jones led marches and helped organize unions, especially for miners.
---A great orator, Mary Jones left us with many great quotes. The most famous is probably, "Pray for the dead and fight like Hell for the living."
---For most of her life, Mary Jones did not have the right to vote. Of this she said, "I have never had a vote, and I have raised hell all over this country. You don't need a vote to raise hell! You need convictions and a voice!" She definitely believed women should have voting rights, but she wanted women to know that fact wouldn't stop her crusade.
---August 18 is the anniversary date of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, giving voting rights to women. The Amendment was proposed June 4, 1919 and ratified by a sufficient number of states on August 18, 1920. North Carolina ratified the amendment on May 6, 1971. (No, that is not a typo).
---As you celebrate today, think about those who paved the way to make our workplace safer. And also give thought to those displaced or suffering because of the storm.
Enjoy the day!