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Labor Day

Sep 01, 2016

Labor Day is a holiday celebrated on the first Monday in September in Canada, the US, Puerto Rico, the Canal Zone and the Virgin Islands. Many colleges, secondary and elementary schools begin classes right after Labor Day. For most people it's a symbol of the end of summer.

In 2016, Labor Day falls on September 5th.

What's It All About?

This is a holiday honoring working people. Usually people use the day to rest and hang out. Labor Day is more than 100 years old. It began in 1882 as a celebration and a huge parade in New York City in honor of the working class. Two men are behind the holiday - Matthew Maquire, a machinist and Peter McGuire, a carpenter. Peter helped start the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners. In 1887, Colorado became the first state to make Labor Day a legal holiday. Several years later Labor Day became a national holiday. In Canada, the first parades and rallies to honor workers were in 1872 in Ottawa and Toronto. Labor Day became an official holiday in Canada in 1894.

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Did You Know?

  • The average person in the US has 9.2 jobs from the age of 18 to 34. More than half of these jobs are between the ages of 18 and 24.
  • Americans will eat about 52 million pounds of beef this Labor Day.
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Pink_Cool_Girl
Yes. They actually are. 
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rainbowpoptart
"Pink_Cool_Girl" wrote:Anyways, I know girls are into cleaning and dolls, and you have a very good point there. But your also missing it.  I feel like I addressed everything.. Which part of your point am I missing?   "Pink_Cool_Girl" wrote:ANOTHER thing is the computer for boys and girls. One computer is $12.99. 50 functions. Blue and white. AKA for boys.    Girls: -White and pink -9 dollars -25 DAMN FUNCTIONS I suppose that does look a bit problematic. Are they the same brand?
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Pink_Cool_Girl
Oh Rainbowpoptart. Where were you. Anyways, I know girls are into cleaning and dolls, and you have a very good point there. But your also missing it. ANOTHER thing is the computer for boys and girls. One computer is $12.99. 50 functions. Blue and white. AKA for boys. Girls:-White and pink-9 dollars-25 DAMN FUNCTIONSProve anything to you yet? 
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Pink_Cool_Girl
"Powerslave" wrote:Generally boys are more into things that are more competitive, violent etc. and girls are generally into beauty, dolls and things of that nature. These toys reflect that idea.Yes, but new feminists are being born each day. See, I hate pink, beauty, and I cringe at the name "Shopping". I know others don't, but most do. Speaking of which, I was on ROBLOX today when someone said "Girls are noobs".  I was extremely offended by this. I know this got off topic, but still. Girls shouldn't be influenced by toys and gender roles. 
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rainbowpoptart
Companies create products targeted towards a specific audience.     Toys specifically targeted towards girls are pink and frilly or about professions mostly girls have aren't that way because it's sexist, they're that way because girls generally like the colour pink, pretending to cook (because cooking is really fun), and enjoy taking care of their stuffed animals or baby dolls as if they were actual living things. (These things also teach them skill sets that will be helpful to them in the future, such as how to raise a child if you have any and how to cook so you don't starve to death.)      Toys specifically targeted towards boys are blue or green and/or related to guns and cars and gross bugs/animals because that's what guys are generally into. (And I haven't heard of any science kits targeted specifically towards boys..? Every science kit advert I've seen has had both males and females in it, and I've seen a rather nice amount of them.) That's just the way we are. Nothing will change that. I don't think toys [and other things] should be specifically gendered. Anyone can do and play with anything. Just because it's targeted towards girls or because girls generally have this job more than boys do, doesn't mean a boy can't play with that toy or have that job and vice versa. A product being for this one gender shouldn't stop people of the other gender from buying it. This probably wasn't as coherent as I'd like for it to be, but today's science lesson completely fried my brain, and I don't think I can properly do anything except breathe for the next few hours.
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