We can do it…if Rosie says so! But wait a second! Who is Rosie and what is it that we can do?
Let’s first reflect back to 1882, when the first Labor Day celebration occurred. Labor Day is a holiday that honors the American labor movement, which was the development of the labor union who fought to stop child labor and protect the common interest of workers. According to the Department of Labor, Labor Day has since then been celebrated on the first Monday of September as “a national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.”
That was a great revelation for the United States, but where does Rosie come into place?
“Rosie the Riveter” was a popular song during WWII. In addition to music, paintings were made to promote war effort, and the commissioned artist, J. Howard Miller, created the poster image popular today, that was modeled by the late Mary Doyle Keefe, who died at the age of 92. The poster image is not a portrait of Keefe, however. The woman on the poster in her jean overalls is notably more muscular than the petite 19-year-old Keefe.
So who is the real Rosie?
She is every woman who wasn’t afraid to roll up her sleeves and get dirty when duty called!
She is every woman who ditched the mop and broom when the men were called to war, and crossed over into the industrial world!
She is every woman who defied the limit of “a man’s job”!
She is every hard-working, independent woman today!
Happy Labor Day!
For all of my strong women (and men) try my 10-minute workout below:
LABOR DAY WORKOUT
Perform each exercise for 1 minute, allowing 15 seconds to transfer to the next exercise. (I always recommend warming up and cooling down with every workout. Read my safety briefing if you are a beginner).
Alternating Reverse Lunges
Alternating Lateral Lunges
History of Labor Day, Department of Labor
Labor Movement, History