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Equal Pay Day – Time to Celebrate – Sort Of

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Equal Pay Day is Here

Equal Pay ActEqual Pay Day is here EVERYDAY for a growing number of women. Unfortunately, equality in salaries across the board is still missing.

Do you receive equal pay? Does a male in your company doing the same work get the same pay? Your answer is probably, “How would I know. No one talks about their salary.”

And it is this “don’t mention money” mantra that has made it so difficult to uncover and correct the inequality.

Call Me Naive (I was)

Equal Pay Quote from Susan B. AnthonyIn 1958, I landed my first job. To this day, I can feel the excitement of that “real job.” I couldn’t believe they actually paid me to go to work each day. I made $1.25 per hour and was absolutely thrilled. I did not get benefits in the package. Just the salary. I never even wondered if a male in a similar position got the same money. I was self-assured and wouldn’t have even imagined that I would be paid less than a male.

Negotiate, Really?

Equal Pay statement from Clara BartonFast forward 20 years. I had my doctorate and several years of work experience. A research. company asked me to serve as the director of a national information program (after writing the grant proposal, of course). The organization received an award for the program and they hired me as the director.

Fortunately for me, one of the senior women in the organization gave me great advice. She said, “When you go in to negotiate your salary, be sure you get as high on the published pay scale as you can.” “But why,” I asked. “Once I prove myself, I can ask for a raise.” She responded, “All future raises, no matter how long you work here, will simply be a percentage based on that initial salary. The higher that original number, the more money you will make.”

I took her advice.

Equal Pay statement from Debbie StabenowOf course, I didn’t know anything about negotiating a salary and benefits. Today, there are a number of programs to help women gain skill sets. Here’s one of them — called Start Smart — that is highly recommended. If Covid-19 has you looking for a new job, get online and educate yourself about negotiating your next salary.

Equal Work. Not Equal Pay.

You probably have your own story of pay inequality. Here’s Kendra’s:

“When working in marketing at IBM, I came up with an idea for two new magazines to better reach, and help expand, the company’s markets. I got the go ahead to take the magazines from initial idea through a detailed development plan and finally proof-of-concept first issues. Once both magazines were approved by management, I became the editor of one and another person, a male, was made editor of the other.

Equal Pay statement from Elizabeth Cady StantonSurprise. Surprise.

I learned much later that the male editor was paid more than I was.

Did he demand a higher salary when he was offered the position? If so, why was I never taught to demand more? Who mentored him? Why did someone not mentor me to demand more?

Was he offered more to begin with because he was a male and I was a female? If so, why did anyone think that was appropriate? I was a woman living on my own, supporting myself, making payments on a mortgage, financing a car, buying groceries and gas, purchasing professional clothing, etc.

I’ll never know the correct answer because I didn’t even know the right questions to ask.

And, of course, without questioning and demanding, I didn’t have a chance to get any of that ‘denied’ money.”

Lilly Ledbetter and the Equal Pay for Equal Work Act

Lilly Ledbetter: Equal Pay for Equal Work

Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act’s Story

While Kendra didn’t have the knowledge to fight for denied pay, Lilly Ledbetter did and thanks to her determination, we have the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act.

Here’s a link to the Congressional bill named for her. https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/111/s181/summary

Lilly Ledbetter says,

“…for 19 years, I worked as a manager for a tire plant in Alabama. … After nearly two decades of hard, proud work, I found out that I was making significantly less money than the four men who were doing the same work.”

She sued the company for discrimination in a lawsuit that eventually went to the Supreme Court. In a 5 – 4 decision, the court stood on the side of those “who shortchanged my pay, my overtime, and my retirement just because I am a woman.” The court ruled in favor of the law stating a person only had 180 days to sue after the first paycheck that proved the discrimination. But Lilly had 19 years of paychecks before she even discovered the discrimination.

Lilly Ledbetter Equal Pay ActThe continued injustice caused her to turn to Congress to pass legislation stating that the 180-day statue of limitations resets with each new paycheck affected by gender-based discrimination. This gives women time, once they do find they are receiving lower salaries than male counterparts, to file claims.

Turn “Why?” into “Why Not?”

About 10 years ago, I was invited to a luncheon sponsored by the National Association of Women Lawyers. One of the presenters said:

“As a partner (finally) in my law firm, male partners often question my suggestion to hire or promote a woman or to have a woman take a leadership role on a case. Their standard response used to be, “Why?” That put me on the defensive as I always had to argue why the woman would be a better fit than a man. 

“Then I switched to responding, ‘Why not?’ That put the male on the defensive. He had to defend why it should not be a woman. Now, the men rarely argue with me when I suggest giving women the responsible positions that then entitle them to higher pay and future promotions.”

That was one of the most powerful presentations I had heard. Imagine, turning WHY into WHY NOT. It continues to influence me.

4 Equal Pay Takeaways

  • #1 Equal Pay Takeaway: Don’t be naive when it comes to your salary.
  • #2 Equal Pay Takeaway: Learn how to negotiate your salary and benefits.
  • #3 Equal Pay Takeaway: When you can, turn the tables. Don’t defend “why” a woman should be promoted or paid more. Make the male defend “why not.”
  • #4 Equal Pay Takeaway: Already getting a great salary? Help other women starting with your own family. Teach your daughter or granddaughter about the value of their work. Coach your sister and friends. Advise other women in your organization. It’s never too soon and never too late to strive for and receive equal pay.

Equal Pay Advice from Rosie the Riveter*

 

I definitely think a man should be paid as much as a woman.

Think about it. It’s only fair.

*Opportunities for better wages significantly increased for women during WW2.

Although probably not equal to what males had made in exactly the same positions, war work opened new jobs for women. A large number of women left low-paying jobs to work in factories where they earned skilled work salaries. A recent report says during the war, the average weekly wage for skilled work was $31.21. Given inflation, that would be about the same as about $427 per week today. Not great salaries in the early 1940s, but doors opened that had previously been closed. 

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Sisters, Here’s What You Can Do for National Siblings Day

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Come Celebrate National Siblings Day with Us!

National Siblings Day

Sometimes a best friend is a good substitute for a sister.

Welcome to National Sisters Day. Well, actually, this is National Siblings Day. But here at RosieCentral we are all about inspiring women to create and live empowered lives, so we have renamed it National Sisters Day. 

  • Do you have a sister who has inspired you?
  • Have you inspired your sister?
  • You don’t have a sister? Don’t worry. We have an idea for you.

Did you respond YES to having a sister who has inspired you?

—Maybe you recall at time when your sister stood up for you.

—Or maybe you remember when she had your back.

—Perhaps you saw what she was doing with her life and that made you want to do more with yours.

—And 100 other “maybe-s”

You probably didn’t thank her at the time of the inspiration. Or even if you did, you haven’t thanked her since. Well, don’t feel bad. Today (or tomorrow or whenever you read this blog) is the absolutely perfect day to send her a text or an email or call her or write to her.

Go ahead, thank her. Thank her for being your sister and let her know how much your relationship means to you. Specifically, let her know how she has inspired you — made your feel better about life — encouraged you.

Don’t always get along with your sister? Don’t fret. We all have those times. That is what makes Sisters Day so special. You can put aside slights and hurts and downright feuds and just give her a shoutout of thanks for one or a whole bunch of ways that you’ve been inspired or empowered by her.

It will make her feel good and even if it doesn’t, it will make you feel good. So it is definitely a win activity.

I’m lucky to have a sister…

…so I don’t need to go find someone to celebrate with. My sister lives many states away. I’ve been talking with her a lot recently because she had an operation that resulted in her nearly bleeding to death. In the midst of worried phone calls, I had completely forgotten that National Siblings Day was approaching. So I decided to send her a card instead of another call. I’m sure it didn’t arrive today, but she’ll get it next week. And in this case, it really is the thought that matters!

You don’t have a sister?

But you might not have a sister. In that case, use today to think of just one person who has inspired you. Rather than thinking in general terms, remember one or two specific occasions or actions or words. Think about where you both were at the time. Think about what the day was like — chilly spring day, hot summer day, transitional autumn day, snowy or sub-zero winter day. Try to recall why you two were together. It can be meaningful to even remember sounds and smells of that day. All of these details, while not necessary, will make your memories much sharper and brighter.

Then reach out…

…and tell your friend that you are thinking of her and want to celebrate your relationship and thank her for inspiring and encouraging you. So many times people don’t even know they have made a difference in our lives. Let’s rectify that TODAY!

2-Sided Rosie the Riveter PosterAnd speaking of sisters…

Did you know that Rosie the Riveter had a sister? Her name was Ada and she was 18 when she went to work at the Naval Air Station along with 20 year old Rosie.

You’re probably thinking I’ve gone bonkers. You (and I) know that Rosie the Riveter is just an iconic figure. You’re right, of course. But J. Howard Miller, the artist who drew the We Can Do It! WW2 poster, had to get his idea for the figure from someone.

Who was the inspiration for the poster? Was it the Rosie who worked at the Naval Air Station? Probably, but her name wasn’t Rosie. It was Naomi Parker and she did go to work with her sister Ada.

In 1942, only a few months after Pearl Harbor, a photographer took Naomi’s picture while she stood at a lathe, wearing her polkadot bandana. The photo was published in 1942 in many newspapers including the Pittsburg Press, Miller’s hometown paper. The conjecture is that Miller was inspired by that image of Naomi and her polkadot bandana. We’ve seen photos of Naomi and Ada together and can imagine that these two sisters had a special relationship as each encouraged the other to keep working for the war effort, even though their tasks were dirty and difficult.

Naomi and Ada

As we look at what Naomi and Ada did in WW2, as well as what the 18 million women in every state of the nation did to help us win the war, we want to express our thanks for them. They remind us to inspire, encourage, and empower other women to reach their goals, to stretch themselves, and to work to make their dreams come true. 

A Recent Look at the Inspiration of Persistence

Recently, we wrote about what we can learn about persistence in our lives. Seeing others persist in achieving goals can inspire us to do the same. Hope you check out this blog.

Rosie the Riveter Cloth Ornament and Rose Soap

Rosie the Riveter Ornament Doll Plus Rosie’s Rose-Scented Soap with Embedded Rose Petals

Does Your Sister Love Rosie the Riveter?

If you and/or you sister love Rosie the Riveter, you might consider our new Rosie the Riveter handmade cloth ornament and artisan rose-scented soap with embedded organic rose petals gift box. A real keepsake doll. The aroma from the soap, of course, will bring back memories while gently cleansing the skin.

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What Does Persistence in Women’s Lives Have to Do With Tea, Nannie Helen Burroughs and Voting?

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Learning About Persistence in Women’s Lives

Nannie Helen Burroughs Suffrage OrnamentIn our previous post, Kendra wrote about the life of Nannie Helen Burroughs and how she turned “no” into “yes” throughout her life. Persistence as it applies to women’s lives is one of the takeaways from that blog. And as I reflect on Nannie’s life, I remember the times in my own life that I gave in too quickly or thought that “no” meant “no.” Only later did I realize that “no” sometimes just means “not now.”

In seeking inspiration for achieving persistence, I’ve become interested in Nannie’s life and how persistence paid off for her.  This led me on an unexpected path of tracing a series of events that created some of the influences on Nannie’s life and the lives of all of us — especially in relation to voting and other civil rights.

Here’s a Fun Story You May Enjoy Discovering as Much as I Have

Original Tea Chest from Boston Tea Party

Only surviving chest from Boston Tea Party

On December 16,1773, in the growing evening darkness, more than 100 men boarded the Eleanor, Beaver, and Dartmouth ships in Boston Harbor. In what later became known as the Boston Tea Party, these men poured the contents of 342 tea chests into the water. (Stay with me…this really is relevant.)

As a tea drinker myself, I can’t even imagine how many cups that would have been.

Of course, you already know the tea dumping part of the story. But did you know the bigger story about tea, about how…

…America was Changed by Those 342 Tea Chests PLUS 5 Other Cups of Tea?

Earlier that morning in 1773, merchants and tradesmen Samuel Adams, Paul Revere, John Hancock, Patrick Henry, and others, met at the Old South Meeting House. There these Sons of Liberty voted against paying the English tax on tea. Instead they decided to dump all the tea as a visible and powerful statement of their unhappiness with England forcing them to comply with laws and taxes when they had been unable to influence them.

Throwing tea overboard was one of the early acts of defiance that led to the American revolution. Colonists used the tea to demonstrate their refusal to pay taxes without representation in government. That was persistence.

5 Cups of Tea … 75 Years Later

It’s July 9, 1848 and tea again is the focus of a revolution that was needed to have a voice in making the laws that they must follow. This time it was women that wanted change in American laws rather than English laws.

Imagine, if you will, a parlor in Jane Hunt’s home in Waterloo, New York. Looking around you see a red velvet sofa, a wall map of the 30 US states (it would be 111 years later before a map would show 50 US states), and five chairs encircling a polished wood tea table set with embroidered linen napkins, silver spoons, a bone china sugar bowl, cream pitcher, and teapot plus five matching cups and saucers.

The women arriving to fill those chairs were Martha Wright, her sister Lucretia Mott who was visiting, Eizabeth Cady Stanton from nearby Seneca Falls, and MaryAnn M’Clintock whose husband rented a home from Jane’s husband.

Jane poured the tea and after a bit of socially expected chit-chat, discussions quickly turned to moral and political injustices that women face in their everyday lives. But this time words were not enough for them. They agreed to hold a convention to advance the cause of women’s rights.

Jane brought paper and pen to the table and the women wrote an advertisement for the Seneca County Courier. The ad invited readers to Seneca Falls 10 days later, for “a Convention to discuss the social, civil and religious condition of women.”

7 Days After the Tea Party

Because women were not allowed leadership positions, the women had no experience organizing and running a large meeting. But they knew they needed to present a statement of purpose.

Elizabeth Cady StantonSo when they met again, this time in the M’Clintock home. Elizabeth Cady Stanton and MaryAnn M’Clintock, using the Declaration of Independence as their model, wrote what became known as the Declaration of Sentiments. It said, for example:

We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men and women are created equal…

On July 19-20, 1848…

The Seneca Falls Convention ad attracted more than 200 women and men who, after much discussion over two days, passed the Declaration of Sentiments that argued for women’s right to vote, along with other points. But there was no immediate success. Words are just words. It took actions, education, and persistence before the 19th Amendment, which opened suffrage to women, became law.

Finally, Women to the Polls in 1920

It didn’t just take persistence. It took a lot of persistence over the following 72 years before women could finally vote in 1920. Many of the women who participated in the early days of the suffrage movement did not live long enough to ever get to vote.

On August 6, 1965…45 Years After 1920 When “Women” Gained the Right to Vote

I put the word “women” in quotes because it was only theoretical that the 19th Amendment meant both white and Black women could vote. In reality, it took 45 more years before the passage of the Voting Rights Act in 1965 that specifically lowered the barriers to voting for Black women.

And Back to Nannie Helen Burroughs

And so I find myself circling back to Nannie Helen Burroughs. She was just one person walking that long road to women’s right to vote. Earlier she walked the multi-year road to establishing a school for Black women and girls. And even before that, she walked the road to her own education.

It’s true that we “know” we need to persist to achieve our goals. But that is such vague advice. I find inspiration in reading about specific women who have persisted and succeeded.

I hope it helps you too.

Matilda ButlerWhat Does Persistence in Women’s Lives Have to Do With Tea, Nannie Helen Burroughs and Voting?

Rosie Celebrated with Congressional Gold Medal

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Rosie the Riveter on EtsyWe’re celebrating Rosie the Riveter! 

On Thursday November 12, the day after Veterans Day, Congress recognized Rosie with the Congressional Gold Medal Act. Both houses passed the act, and on December 4, the President signed it into law. Join us in the Celebration!

Why Rosie is celebrated now? It can take hard work and many years to persuade Congress to award a Gold Medal. In this case, Rosie got her medal thanks to the tireless efforts of Mae Krier of Levittown, Pennsylvania, one of the few remaining World War II Rosies. Now 94, she began in 1980 to promote the need to recognize the important contributions that women made to winning WW2. And now, more than 30 years later, she gets to celebrate.

But That’s Not the End of It…Make It Annual!

Krier is tireless. She is now working to make March 21st National Rosie the Riveter Day. While Rosie is acknowledged annually, only House Resolution 162 and Senate Resolution 76 can make the day official and automatic.

How can you help?

Contact your representatives in Congress and urge them to vote for this one day each year to celebrate the contribution of millions of women who helped win WW2. Rosies, who are the embodiment of strength, courage, and empowerment, are role models for women today

And Krier never quits. She hopes to live to see a Rosie statue at the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Rosie the Riveter polka dot bandana

Rosie the Riveter Bandana 27 inches

Wear the Original Legacy Bandana

Rosie the Riveter Congressional Gold Medal Act This bill directs the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives to make appropriate arrangements for the award of a single Congressional Gold Medal to Rosie the Riveter (i.e., any female individual who held employment or volunteered in support of the war efforts during World War II), in recognition of their contributions to the United States and the inspiration they have provided to ensuing generations.

National Museum of American History will display the medal, as well as make it available for display at appropriate locations.

Celebrate with the Authentic Employment Badge Collar PinRosie the Riveter employment badge collar pin

And now, introducing We Can Do It! Women. These figures some of the most inspirational women of past and present.

Rosie the Riveter Gift Box

Our Rosie the Riveter ornament, employment badge collar button, and artisan rose petal soap gift box is just one of many We Can Do It! Women.

 

 

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Do You Know What Happened 77 Years Ago?

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Rosie the Riveter Poster

First Posted February 15, 1943 at Westinghouse Electric Service factories

The We Can Do It poster, that’s what

Imagine showing up for work on February 15, 1943. After hanging up your coat, you walk onto the factory floor and notice a new poster on the wall. To keep up morale, you are treated to a new one every two weeks.

But this poster is different. It shows a woman much like you. She wears a red-and-white polka dot bandana, blue factory clothing, employment badge on her collar, and has the words We Can Do It! captioned over her head.

We Can Do It! — that’s your attitude too so you like this poster.


 

Rosie the Riveter PosterAbout 1800 copies were originally printed and displayed in the Westinghouse Electric Service factories beginning on February 15, 1943. That was the humble beginning of the now famous poster.

The poster was almost forgotten. However, the women’s movement of the 1970s rescued it from the dustbin of history. In fact, it became an integral part of the feminist movement. And today, it is a recognized icon, symbolizing women’s strength, courage, and empowerment.

In 2020, 77 years after Westinghouse displayed the original Rosie the Riveter poster, we have a 2-FER offer on our special version of this poster.

"Doing the Rosie"Purchase one poster and we will give you a second one for FREE in our combo deal. What’s so special about this poster? This is a two-sided poster. SIDE ONE is a digitally enhanced copy of the original that we purchased from the National Archives. SIDE TWO is all the same background and text except we removed Rosie. This lets you pose in front of the poster “Doing the Rosie”. 

Here’s what you get in this special 2-Fer Combo:

  • 24” x 36” We Can Do It! poster, 2-sided with a Rosie side and DIY side for posing
  • 2nd 24″ x 36″ poster — FREE
  • 1 red and white polkadot bandana, and
  • 1 Rosie employment collar button.

Get All 4 items at an incredible price. This combo has a value of $58.01. Your price is just $24.97.

 CLICK HERE to get this Special Combo Offer

2-Sided Rosie the Riveter PosterWhat Can You Do With This Special Offer?

Here are just a few ideas. We’re sure you have other ones: 

  • Give 1 poster to an elementary or secondary teacher in anticipation of March’s Women’s History Month AND keep one for your kitchen
  • Send 1 poster to your daughter at college for her dorm room AND  keep one for your office
  • Donate 1 poster to a woman’s shelter AND keep one for a women’s luncheon
  • Make 1 a party favor AND use the DIY side of the other for your daughter’s (or granddaughter’s) birthday party photo backdrop where all the guests can “Do the Rosie.”
  • Use as a puppy bandana, AND empower your dog (although she probably already knows it).
  • Share one with your best friend.

You can keep the bandana and collar button for yourself, send them along with your gifted poster, or use them at a party. Both items make posing in front of the DIY side of the poster great fun.

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Hope You Are Healthy Throughout 2020

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2020 Is Here and We Hope You Are Healthy!

Kendra and I (and Rosie too) send you our wishes for good health in 2020. Of course, sometimes wishing doesn’t work out. 

When we find that a friend is temporarily sick, is undergoing surgery, has been in an accident, or is diagnosed with a serious condition — we want to send both get-well wishes and a gift to help lift our friends’ spirits.

Here’s What We’ve Been Doing!

Over the last few years, we’ve sent Rosie gear as encouragement gifts to friends — one with shingles, two with flu, one after breast cancer surgery, one with a hip replacement, etc. That worked great for us. But what about people like you? People who love Rosie, her CAN DO attitude, and all that she stands for.

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Mele Kalikimaka from Rosie the Riveter with Haupia Recipe

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Aloha and Mele Kalikimaka

Mele Kalikimaka as I say when in Hawaii and Merry Christmas as I say when I’m on the mainland. I’m Rosie the Riveter sending you greetings, best wishes, and thanks from Hawaii. Now don’t be jealous! But I’m sitting at the base of a gently swaying palm tree, listening to the Common Myna chatter, and watching the long waves roll in toward the beach. It’s December, and I’ve been thinking about Pearl Harbor. How different the scene was 78 years ago on that terrible December 7, 1941 as smoke filled the air, ships sank, and thousands of lives were lost.

Two Surprises

The surprise military strike against the US also inadvertently created what might be described as an even greater surprise. What is the surprise? It’s the millions of women who soon took up the battle on the homefront. They left their homes to:

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Top 7 Tips for Halloween Costumes

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Halloween will be here before we know it

Thinking about your Halloween costume? We’ve got the top 7 costume tips to ensure you have a enjoyable and memorable Halloween. 

Halloween Costume Tip #1: Start planning your costume now. Why? Plan early (if you can). Plan late (if you procrastinate like most of us). Whenever you begin thinking about Halloween, you should interpret that as a reminder to get started. Some costumes require extra time to be sure you have everything you need to have the perfect effect. Some costumes need to be tried on and adjusted. The distance between NOW and Halloween isn’t expandable. Each day that goes by is one less day to decide on and order your costume. The sooner you act, the less likely it is that you’ll have to pay a premium for expedited shipping.

Start on your costume as soon as you can. We have all 3 BE A ROSIE Costume Kits in stock. Every year we have customers who wait until 2 or 3 days before their Halloween event…often multiple days before Halloween. We do all we can to meet their deadlines, but they often have to pay for Express Delivery.

Halloween Costume Tip #2: Consider where you will be wearing your costume. At an office party? To work on your usual schedule? When taking your children or grandchildren out for Trick or Treat? To a neighborhood gathering or the party of a friend? Hosting your own Halloween party? If you are hosting a party, then you want to give extra consideration to your costume as it may influence your decorations and even party favors.

Consider where you will be wearing your costume. One of several advantages with the Be a Rosie Costume is that it is appropriate at work and at play. 

HALLOWEEN COSTUME IDEAS THAT MEET ALL THESE CONSIDERATIONS

We wouldn’t give you all these costume tips without showing you costume options that meet all 7 of these Halloween considerations.

BE A ROSIE (BASIC)

BE A ROSIE (BASIC) includes Rosie the Riveter 22” bandana, Rosie’s employment badge collar button, Rosie iron-on embroidered name patch. You’ll get authenticity…with a twist of imagination. 

Halloween Costume Tip #3: In choosing a costume, make sure it will be comfortable. Some costumes look great when you are standing in front of the mirror, but what about when you are at work that day or going to a party in the evening, or walking with your children while they trick or treat? Can you easily sit in the costume? Do you have to constantly fuss with it so that it doesn’t come askew? A comfortable costume lets you focus on the event, friends, and family—not your clothing.

Choose a comfortable costume. Be a Rosie Costume Kit provides all the accessories for a definitely comfortable outfit. This is what Rosie and millions of working women wore to their jobs in factories during World War II. 

Halloween Costume Tip #4: Safety is key for your costume its as much as it is for a child’s Halloween outfit. Some masks, for example, make it difficult to see and elaborate headdresses can hinder your ability to move around safely. Long costumes may get in the way when you climb steps or want to dance and long sleeves that hang down over your hands can be a problem when it is time to snack, eat a meal, or even drive. And if you are wearing a costume to work, consider the motions you routinely go through and make sure your costume will allow you to perform your usual tasks in a safe way. 

Be sure your costume is safe. Safety was critical during WW2 as well as today. Rosie the Riveter’s bandana was important to keep her hair away from machinery. She wore boots or workshoes for comfort and safety. With this costume, you don’t need high heels that might trip you up on a Halloween evening or leave your feet sore the next morning.

BE A ROSIE (DELUXE)

BE A ROSIE (DELUXE) includes our BIG, official 27” bandana, collectible enameled Rosie collar pin, handful of real rivets, genuine WWII ration token and 1943 steel penny, temporary tattoos, Rock Your Dots socks, hand-painted polka dot Bobbie Pins(tm) and a Rosie iron-on embroidered name patch. Just add blue jeans, overalls and blue shirt…instant Halloween costume. And you’ll look just like the original “We Can Do It!” Rosie.

Happy Halloween, 2019.

Halloween Costume Tip #5: Let your costume help you make a statement. You want others to recognize your costume and, more importantly, know that it is a reflection of who you are and your values. Let the costume be fun while considering what it says about you.

Let your costume help you make a statement. Halloween is a great time to make a statement about who you are and what matters to you. Rosie the Riveter is a symbol of strength, courage, and empowerment. That’s a fabulous message to share with friends, co-workers, family, and even strangers who see you in your “We Can Do It!” costume. It’s also a great conversation starter.

Halloween Costume Tip #6: Be sure to consider others who will see you. Tips 5 and 6 work together. Tip 5 has you thinking about who you are and how you want to present yourself. Tip 6 reminds you to consider others. Will you only wear your costume to a party with other adults? Consider how your costume might work with your group of friends or your children. Find something that can be appropriate for different ages. 

Not everyone will know who Rosie the Riveter is. This year we added our polkadot name patch…your Rosie ID. Discuss Rosie with friends; you might even consider Rosie appropriate for a group costume. After all, Rosie and her colleagues all dressed similarly. You can do the same thing. You and a friend, or several friends, might all go as Rosie the Riveters. Or how about you and your daughter? We have a number of precious mother/daughter photos. We even have a great photo of a mother and son. It’s never too early to show respect for strong women.

Halloween Costume Tip #7: Get a cost-effective costume. Avoid costumes made of cheap materials that just end up being thrown away or stashed forever in the back of your closet. Some cheap Halloween outfits pull apart at the seams before the night is over. How about a costume with elements you can incorporate into your wardrobe after Halloween is over?

This year, you can BE A ROSIE without emptying your piggy bank. Plus, you get high-quality gear such as the soft cotton bandana, the collar pin, the red and white polkadot socks (BE A ROSIE DELUXE) that you can wear any time. If you get the DIY kit, you get a poster you can frame. Plus, you can dress in your own jeans and blue work shirt from your closet and accessorize with our Rosie gear.

BE A ROSIE (DIY)

BE A ROSIE (DIY) includes all the items of a BE A ROSIE (DELUXE) with two exceptions. We have replaced the socks with our 2-Sided 24” by 36” DIY “We Can Do It!” Poster (Rosie the Riveter side and DIY side without Rosie so you can pose in front and BE A ROSIE).
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