Honoring Rosie the Riveter

Rosie the RiveterEver seen this image before? If you don’t recognize her, this is cultural icon Rosie the Riveter, who represents the women who took on previously male-dominated jobs during World War II. The woman’s image here is based on a real woman, Rosalie Kunert, who passed away last week at the age of 86.

Rosalie Kunert played an important role in redefining how women were perceived by proving that women could do “men’s work.” According to this obituary, Rosalie was proud of being a pioneer in creating an entirely new image of women in American society and setting the stage for future generations.

In her memory, Smart Girls Know would like to acknowledge Rosalie and all the other “riveters” who were bold, strong, and fearless in going where no women had gone before and who played a crucial role in opening doors and creating more work opportunities for women everywhere.

We’d also like to take this opportunity to highlight a camp created in Rosie the Riveter’s honor, Rosie’s Girls. Rosie‚Äôs Girls is a three week camp for girls entering 6th-8th grades that encourages participants to develop and strengthen their capacities and confidence and helps them expand their perception of the range of educational and career options that are attainable in an atmosphere that is fun, supportive and positive.

Camps are located in Vermont, Ohio, South Carolina, and California. To find out more, visit the camp’s website here.


  1. Liz Shayne Said,

    July 9, 2009 @ 9:07 am

    Thanks for posting this information and for the plug about Rosie’s Girls. Over 1200 girls have walked in Rosalie and the hundreds of Rosies’ shadow since 2000 as part of Rosie’s Girls!!! We are even working with a living Rosie in Richmond, CA…
    Liz Shayne
    Rosie’s Girls Founding Director

  2. Said,

    July 13, 2009 @ 9:32 am

    Rosie’s Girls camp is great because it provides an extra guidance to help girls realize all the opportunities out there only if they take initiative! For girls in high school, a beneficial conference to attend is the Realizing A Vision Conference 2009. The conference circulates on providing young entrepreneurial women around the years of high school and college with the necessary information to potentially start their own business from passions and dreams. Many successful women will not only be speaking at the conference but they will serve as mentors for the young girls. Breakfast and lunch will be provided and the full day event will end with an Aeropostale fashion where gift bags will be handed out as well. The conference will be held August 8th at Woodrow Wilson High School, located at 4400 E. 10th Street Long Beach California 90804. For more information check out Facebook and MySpace under Realizing A Vision.

  3. dreber Said,

    July 16, 2009 @ 9:40 am

    Thanks for the info, Sylvia!

  4. dreber Said,

    July 16, 2009 @ 9:41 am

    Thanks for coming by the blog, Liz!

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