Labor Day isn't just the unofficial-official end of summer: the reason it's a holiday is to celebrate American workers, from freelancers to factory workers, and to remember how far we've come in the search for a safe and equitable working environment — particularly for women. Women have played a huge role in the labor movement in America, striking, forming unions and speaking out for their right to work since the 1800s, and it shows. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, women made up 47 percent of the American labor force in 2017, and we're seeing more opportunities and industries open up to us than ever before. But sometimes being a woman in the workplace can suck — and you need a pick-me-up to keep you going.
Whether it's the gender pay gap, sexual harassment, the pressure to "juggle" domestic work and paid work, industry hostility to women or just the daily drag of getting your hustle on, earning a living as a woman comes with a lot of frustrations. On Labor Day, there are a lot of different ways to acknowledge the history of women's work in the United States and how far we still have to go. But these 11 quotes from women on work can be an inspiring start.