by PAGE GARDNER, Huffington Post
In the first Labor Day celebration in American history, some 12,000 tradesmen paraded through the streets of New York City. The cigar makers, blacksmiths and bricklayers (all men) carried silk banners calling for an eight-hour workday, an end to child labor and abolishment of New York's shameful tenements. After years of struggle, they were victorious.
I was reminded of the 1882 Labor Day parade when the U.S. Census Bureau last week released data on the current makeup of America's families. Beyond the obvious fact that women today comprise about half of the U.S. work force, changes to the American family have been dramatic. My two big takeaways from the report are that more adults (especially women) are living alone than ever before and that the economic recession has had a devastating effect on America's unmarried women.