Labor Day: Celebrating the Women Who Made Work Better

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This weekend is the perfect time to remember women labor reformers and innovators. And to get fired up to make history yourself!

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By Jessica Stillman (Editor, Women 2.0)

Labor Day is coming up this weekend and between manning the BBQ and relaxing in the last of the summer weather, it’s worth remembering the true meaning of the holiday — a celebration of the innovators and reformists that made work conditions and technology better for all of us.

It’s also worth remembering that women were instrumental in the labor movement from its very first days, driving reform, exploding barriers and creating revolutionary technology. Perhaps you recognize some of them above.

There on the bottom left in the magnificent headgear is Ada Lovelace, an early analog computer innovator. Next to her is inventor, prominent electrical engineer and holder of 26 patents, Hertha Marks Ayrton, and third from the left is labor leader and women’s right’s activity Sarah Bagley. Bacteriological chemist and refrigeration engineer Mary Engle Pennington is the one sporting the impressive shoulder ruffles. Think of her next time you eat uncontaminated, refrigerated food. On the top left is Rebecca Lukens, one of America’s first female CEOs.

Looking back at these great women innovators of the past is inspiring. Now it’s our turn to carry their work forward. If their example fires you up to change the world yourself, then we’d like to help. That’s why we’re offering 20% off tickets to our our Women 2.0 Conference 2013 – Las Vegas this Labor Day Weekend.

Just use discount code LaborDay_LV20 by Tuesday, September 3rd.

Join Us. Make History.

What other women deserve a shout out for helping to create the workplace of today?

jstillman Jessica Stillman (@entrylevelrebelis an editor at Women 2.0 and a freelance writer with interests in unconventional career paths, generational differences, and the future of work. She writes a daily column for Inc.com and has blogged for CBS MoneyWatch, GigaOM and Brazen Careerist, among others.