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


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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.

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

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.



Matilda ButlerRosie Celebrated with Congressional Gold Medal

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.

Matilda ButlerHope You Are Healthy Throughout 2020