You probably plan to spend Labor Day relaxing by the pool, going to a barbecue, or relishing the final beach days of summer. But the holiday is actually much more than an excuse to lay out in the sun. The history of Labor Day is rooted in the hard work of the Labor Movement, which in many ways, was (and continues to be) spearheaded by fierce women who raised their voices against classism, sexism, and racism to push for the rights that workers enjoy today.
You can thank the Labor Movement for many of the things modern workers take for granted, like the eight-hour workday, safe working conditions, and minimum wage. Many of the women who fought for these tenets of modern working life did so in the face of society's expectations of them. They refused to be silenced.
So, before you head out for your three-day weekend, take a moment to honor the fearless women who have spoken up for the rights of workers over the decades. You may not have heard of many of these women before, but you definitely need to know their names. These seven biographies will give you a fascinating glimpse into their lives, and hopefully inspire you to raise your own voice: