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Happy Red-White-Blue Season! Yep! Memorial Day, 4th of July and Labor Day all qualify for sporting the most patriotic gear you have. I wanted to add to your selection with this fun new design and bling. I have never personally worn a red bandanna in my hair before, so I had to try it the other day…along with the glasses…I can see myself rocking it more! I’m reaching out of my comfort zone on this one too! J
Take a picture of you rockin I’m Not Just a Girl and post it up. I love seeing them! Again, I appreciate those of you that pushed me to start this club J and a huge welcome to all our new girls this month! ~ Charlene
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About the Shirt:
It had to be patriotic, but I didn’t want to just throw together some Red-White-Blue swirls and an American Flag…I went in search of the American Icon ‘Rosie the Riveter’ and worked a design around her toughness. It’s funny how we always throw up our arms in a tough fashion when we talk about strength. American Strength.
I’m trying out some new styles of shirts and tanks, upping the standards and selection a bit, let me know what you think.
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About the Bling:
It was fun putting the bling together, or should I say finishing the outfit. The red bandana is folded and ironed the way it should be although It will probably be tied too loose, so untie it, wrap it around your head and tie to fit correctly. The glasses, well, how couldn’t I get those to add in! Everyone will be talking!
Add to your decorations with the fun jar painted in blue with red and white stars. It took me four different tries at coming up with something that was cute enough to send…I like how they turned out! Even found some fancy flowers to add!
Do you know the history of “Rosie the Riveter”?
Rosie the Riveter, one of the most iconic images of female empowerment, was created in Pittsburgh by Wilmerding native, J. Howard Miller, in 1942. Miller, an artist who attended Carnegie Tech, now Carnegie Mellon, was commissioned by the Westinghouse War Production Coordinating Committee to create a series of posters designed to motivate employees for the war effort. Miller’s legendary poster, just one of several he created in the Westinghouse series to help recruit women to join the workforce, featured the “We Can Do It” campaign with a female Westinghouse Electric war worker rolling up her sleeves to help the Allied war effort during World War II. It did not, however, become associated with the term “Rosie the Riveter,” nor was it used outside of Westinghouse, until decades later.
“Rosie the Riveter” made its first appearance in 1942 as the title of a national hit song by Redd Evans and John Jacob Loeb. The song, inspired by Rosalind P. Walter who worked the night shift helping to build the Corsair F4U fighter, portrays “Rosie” as a tireless assembly line worker doing whatever was needed to aid in the American war effort. But the character of Rosie soon became more closely associated with Rose Will Monroe—a real-life riveter who helped build B-29 and B-24 bombers at the Willow Run Aircraft Factory in Ypsilanti, Michigan—after she was chosen to star in a promotional film about the war effort at home. The next year, a Norman Rockwell painting of a riveter named ‘Rosie’ published on the cover of the May 29, 1943, issue of the “Saturday Evening Post” led to widespread popularization of the mythical figure.
Oddly enough, Rosie the Riveter has emerged as a cultural icon, gaining greater significance over the years and evolving far beyond her original purpose as a recruitment aid to attract temporary female workers during wartime.
Although later adopted by women’s groups and proudly embraced as a symbol of strong independent women, the Rosie the Riveter image was never intended to empower women. Her creators never meant for her to be anything other than a temporarily displaced homemaker whose only purpose was to support the war effort. It was largely understood that Rosie worked solely to “bring the boys home” and would eventually be replaced when they returned from overseas; and it was a given that she’d resume her domestic role as housewife and mother without complaint or regret. And that’s exactly what happened for the vast majority of women who worked to fill a wartime need and then, once the war was over, were no longer needed or even wanted in the workplace.
It would take another generation or two for Rosie’s “We Can Do It!” sense of determination to emerge and empower women workers of all ages, backgrounds, and economic levels. Yet for the brief time she captured the imaginations of white middle class women who yearned to follow in the footsteps of this heroic, patriotic, and glamorous female figure doing a man’s job, she paved the way for gender equity and greater gains for women throughout our society in the decades ahead.
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