Hey hey! Ever since my oldest niece and nephew, (who are now 25 and 23), were little, every year I would get dressed and go out trick or treating with them. Not only was it a great way for me to spend time with them but it was also A LOTTA fun! It’s been a few years since I went out trick or treating because they, along with their 16 year old brother, are now done with trick or treating.
I still like to dress up when the opportunity presents itself and this Halloween it did. I dressed up for “trick or treating” at work. I dressed as Rosie the Riveter. For those who don’t know, Rosie the Riveter is an American cultural icon from World War II. Rosie was a woman on a poster, with a caption that read, “we can do it.” She represented women who worked in factories and shipyards during the war, many of whom produced munitions and war supplies. Oftentimes, these women were taking on new and completely unfamiliar jobs, replacing men who were off to war. Rosie was used to encourage women to feel empowered to take on roles they were normally unaccustomed to; roles which could be intimidating. She was a symbol of feminism and women’s power.
I chose to be Rosie the Riveter this year because I love the strength, power and confidence she represents. I love that she served as a source of encouragement, challenging women to step out of their comfort zone, to try things that they might otherwise never attempt. She empowered women to see beyond their perceived limitations and to instead step out of the box and pursue their greatness. Rosie helped women to see that they were amazing, capable creatures who could accomplish anything!
Even now, 60 years later, the image of Rosie and what she stands for, serves as a reminder to women of our greatness.
Rosie was a fictional character; a symbol in a campaign meant to empower and encourage women so that they could step into roles traditionally held by men, in order to help with the war effort. But there are so many real women we can look to in order to gain inspiration and encouragement. There are women like Ellen Ochoa, who, in 1993 became NASA’s first Latina astronaut. She then went on to become the first Latina Director of NASA’s Johnson Space Center. And Sonia Sotomayor, who became the first Latina Supreme Court Justice. Or Hattie McDaniel, who, in 1940 was the first ever African American, not African American women, but African American period, to win an Oscar for her role as Mammy in “Gone With the Wind”. These women laid the groundwork for generations after them to be able to succeed. I’m sure you can name a few women in your own life who have been an inspiration to you in your life’s journey. I know I most certainly can.
So, while it was fun for me to dress up for Halloween today. The symbolism behind the costume meant so much more than just fun. Today I had the chance to channel Rosie and so many other great women who came before me. I was reminded of who I am. I am powerful. I am beautiful. I am strong. I can accomplish anything. And so can you!!! So if you’re ever feeling unsure of yourself and your ability to reach your goals and pursue your passions, just remember Rosie and all the other successful women who have gone before you and be reminded of your greatness!!! You can do it!!!!!