Rosie the Riveter was an iconic powerhouse for women in manufacturing and engineering jobs on the homefront as men fought overseas during World War II. Women stepped up and filled roles traditional held by men and showed they could match these men, toe-to-toe. Today, women are underrepresented in the high-paying and growing fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), with the Commerce Department estimating just 24 percent of STEM jobs held by women, even though they comprise 48 percent of the total workforce.
Enter modern-day Rosie Riveters. Launched last year, this nonprofit cultivates curiosity and STEM skills in girls ages four through 14 through projects and mentorship programs. Its mission is to “teach girls to delete the words ‘I can’t’ from their vocabulary and inspire them with the confidence to try, fail, and try again.”
Source: Commerce Department
The organization is named after the iconic Rosie the Riveter, symbol of the women who stepped up to fill previously male-dominated roles in factories and heavy industry when men left their jobs to fight in World War II. While widespread cultural references encouraged women to undertake such work (a song, promotional film, an image by Norman Rockwell, etc.), it was artist J. Howard Miller’s representation of Rosie the Riveter on the “We Can Do It” poster he designed for the Westinghouse Electric & Manufacturing Company in 1942 that has become the iconic image of Rosie the Riveter and her can-do attitude.
“As an organization, we aim to inspire girls to take a similar ‘We Can Do It’ approach to STEM,” said founder Brittany Greer, a Washington D.C.-based communications consultant.
Rosie Riveters’ pilot program at the Shirlington Branch of Arlington Public Library in Arlington, VA finished last month, a series of weekly classes–available to boys and girls– that featured hands-on experiments and real-world role models to inspire kids with the confidence to try. In addition to library support, Rosie Riveters runs with support and volunteers in part by software giant Microsoft.
Rosie Riveters also profiles women on its blog and in training sessions. The girls study about women like Elizabeth Garrett Anderson, Britain’s first female doctor; Emily Warren Roebling overseer for construction of the Brooklyn Bridge; Emmy Noether , the inventor of abstract algebra; and Mae Jemison, STEM advocate & futurist who was the first African-American woman to go into space.
Greer is mother to what she describes as “an amazing, strong-willed, funny, sweet, and adventurous two-year-old little girl,” who Greer said inspired her to start Rosie Riveters.
“My little bookworm and I read a lot and can frequently be found at the library reading, exploring, and attending storytime,” Greer said. “So when the idea for Rosie Riveters was formed the library felt like a natural fit. They are an incredible resource for communities and serve as a neutral zone where girls can come and explore their STEM potential and build their confidence … I am constantly inspired by the amazing innovations being made everyday and hope to inspire girls to use their skills in STEM to change the world.”
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Carrie Sheffield is the founder of Bold. She is passionate about storytelling to empower and connect others.
“Women Powered Engineering & Science Jobs During WWII;”?? What is the basis for this statement?
Wait, we must have forgotten the significant role women played during WWII. They developed the ATOMIC BOMB, airplanes, the enigma, bullet proof tanks, then went on to create the ENIAC, and transistors. Let’s not forget the other type of roles women played in history. They developed the entire science of physics, came up with logic and all of the mathematical concepts, and then went completely ballistic and developed the theory of
evolution, which paved way for them to determine the science of genetics. We owe them an entire debt of gratitude. We wouldn’t be who we are today without them. They landed on the moon first, developed solar panels, came up with picture and voice records along with digital and optic transmissions and discovered the speed of light.
They came up with the BIG BANG theory, how the Universe developed and how mother nature, and women are responsible for it all. They found out space is vacuum and double disk dark matter is similar to the universe that will annihilate you in IRL like any female will in a debate.
They have also become an arcane gender of compassionate human beings and are now part of the feminist cyborg cult and have lost their kind, loving nature in an attempt to prove they are more than loving, gentle creatures who want to rule the planet and the entire HUMAN race. If they can do all of this, we are all better off dead than focusing on their accomplishments.