Can Do Women for Museums

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Discover RosieCentral’s CAN DO Women. These are original illustrations transferred onto muslin fabric and hand-crafted into ornaments, sachets, keychains and more.

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CAN DO Women in WW2 Series

ROSIE THE RIVETER

Rosie the Riveter represents the millions of women who moved out of their personal comfort zones and stepped up to fill the labor shortage during WW2. She demonstrated the strength, power and capabilities of women.

  • Rosie passed on a powerful legacy to all future generations of women.
  • CAN DO lesson: Yes, you CAN DO it and achieve more than you even dreamed. So go for it!
  • Can Do
  • Original artwork based on the Rosie the Riveter figure on the We Can Do It! poster.
  • Figure available as figure only or figure with attached We Can Do It! poster (separate prices).

WENDY THE WELDER

During WW2, while Rosie was riveting, Wendy was welding. Our Wendy is a reminder that women of all backgrounds and races worked side by side to win the war on the Homefront. And for the first time, many Black women found an opportunity to move up and beyond traditional roles.

  • Based on Gladys Theus, who worked at Kaiser and was called one of the fastest and most efficient welders, and the illustration in the WW2 poster called Soldiers Without Guns.
  • CAN DO Lesson: Just as they did, grab opportunity with both hands and don’t let go!
  • Take the Initiative!
  • We feature two Wendy figures–one Black American and one Caucasian.
  • Available as individual fabric ornaments or packaged together.

BESSIE STRINGFIELD

At 19, Bessie Stringfield (1911-1993), was the first African-American woman to ride a motorcycle solo across the United States–facing miles of rough dirt roads, Jim Crow laws and gender discrimination of the 1930s. She made the trip seven more times during her life.

  • She was a Black American Rosie the Riveter on wheels. After Army training at the beginning of WW2, she became a civilian dispatch courier carrying secret documents between domestic military bases.
  • While she liked to say, “I never was like anybody else,” she is an inspiration for us all to be determined in our goals.
  • In all, she owned 27 Harley-Davidsons and was a leader of women and motorcycling.
  • CAN DO Lesson: Pursue your passion–wherever it takes you.
  • Figure available standing or on her motorcycle. Please specify.
  • Pursue your Passion.

NO TENO QUA–CORPORAL GRACE THORPE

This daughter of legendary Native American athlete Jim Thorpe was a WW2 WAC. Corporal Grace Thorpe (1921-2008) was awarded the Bronze Star for her effort in New Guinea and worked in General Douglas MacArthur’s Tokyo headquarters.

  • Grace later went on to become a tribal judge and activist working for justice for the Native American community.
  • She always put the needs of others first, including the rights of indigenous people and the reputation of her father.
  • CAN DO lesson: Stretch yourself more than you think you can. You won’t break; in fact, you’ll become stronger.
  • Stretch Yourself

LIEUTENANT SUSAN AHN CUDDY

Korean-American Susan Ahn Cuddy (1915-2015) overcame racial inequality and gender bias to become the first Asian-American woman in the Navy and the first female gunnery officer and code breaker.

  • After WW2, she went on to a career in Naval Intelligence and the National Security Agency, where she oversaw 300 agents in NSA’s Russia section.
  • CAN DO Lesson: Be true to your belief and be kind.
  • Overcome Obstacles.

ELEANOR ROOSEVELT

Just as she overcame her shyness, Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962) lived her life not giving into fear. Known as First Lady to the World, she had a vital role during WW2 as the eyes, ears and legs of FDR. She courageously worked to remove discrimination against Blacks and women during the war.

  • Eleanor was passionate in her causes, going all-in to fight. She said, “We gain strength and courage and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face.”
  • CAN DO Lesson: Address your fears head-on and rise above them.
  • No Fear!

CAN DO Women in Aviation Series

BESSIE COLEMAN

Pioneering aviatrix Bessie Coleman (1892-1926) was the first Black and first Native-American woman to earn a pilot’s license. 

  • Bessie was not only fearless in the sky, she let no obstacle (money, race or gender) sideline her.
  • Discrimination against both her race and gender forced her to obtain her license in France.
  • “The air is the only place free from prejudices,” she said, “so I thought it my duty to risk my life to learn aviation.”
  • CAN DO Lesson: Navigate around your barriers; let your dreams drive your destiny forward.
  • No Barriers.

AMELIA EARHART

A rough childhood equipped Amelia Earhart (1897-1937) with the tenacity and fight to overcome all odds. She raised the money to support her passion to fly and was the first woman to fly solo across the US and Atlantic Ocean. Tragically, she disappeared over the Pacific Ocean in 1937 on one of the final legs of her attempt to fly around the world. Her fate is still a mystery.

  • Amelia was the encouragement for many future women flyers. She showed women they could accomplish more.
  • CAN DO Lesson: Follow your passion and don’t be afraid to be first.
  • Be First!

SALLY KRISTEN RIDE

Sally Ride (1951-2012) was the first American woman (and the youngest person) to travel into space. She made two trips aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger.

  • She knew what she wanted since she was a teenager and carved out a path of education. physical activity and skills that would help her ultimately achieve her goal.
  • She founded Sally Ride Science, a company that created entertaining science programs and books designed to inspire girls to pursue science and the traditionally male STEM fields.
  • CAN DO Lesson: Don’t always play it safe; take a chance on the long shot…if it’s what you want.
  • Be Strategic!

MAE CAROL JEMISON

Mae Jemison (1956-) is a chemical engineer (Stanford), medical doctor (Cornell), NASA astronaut and the first Black woman to travel into space. 

  • Her awesome achievements are more than simply academic. She realized at an early age that to succeed she needed to understand both her strengths and weaknesses.
  • She dreamed of becoming a dancer before following her true passion–space travel.
  • She was inspired by CAN DO woman Bessie Coleman whose photo she carried into space aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavor.
  • CAN DO Lesson: Discover who you are; be authentic and make a big splash.
  • Be Authentic!

CAN DO Women in Suffrage Series

 VICTORIA CLAFLIN WOODHULL

Victoria Woodhull (1838-1927) was the seventh of 10 children born into a poor, illiterate family. This suffrage leader became the first woman to run for president in 1871–before women had the right to vote–and the first female Wall Street stock broker.

  • Her father had a young Victoria selling “snake oil” to help make ends meet for the family.
  • CAN DO Lesson: Necessity can show you the way to opportunity.
  • Persevere

NANNIE HELEN BURROUGHS

Nannie Burroughs (1879-1861) was a civil rights and suffrage pioneer. With her mother’s encouragement, she never let “no” be her barrier.

  • She dedicated herself to helping Black women achieve more.
  • At 26, and despite many setbacks, she founded the first vocational school for Black women–the National Training School for Women in Washington, DC.
  • CAN DO Lesson: Don’t let negativity sway your resolve; turn your NOs into YESes!
  • Turn NO into Yes!

CAN DO Women in 2021 Inauguration Series

KAMALA DEVI HARRIS

In 2021, Kamala Harris (1964-) became the first female Vice President and the highest-ranking female officer in US history.

  • She is the first Black-American and first Asian-American Vice President.
  • “Don’t sit around and complain about things; do something.”
  • CAN DO Lesson: No one promises you that life will be easy. Be courageous, and above all be resilient.
  • Courage!

SONIA MARIA SOTOMAYOR

Sonia Sotomayor (1954-) is the first Hispanic and third woman to serve as an associate justice of the Supreme Court.

  • “Difficulty can tap unexpected strengths,” she said. In her case, despite health challenges (Type 1 diabetes), an alcoholic father and discrimination, she graduated from Princeton and Yale.
  • She swore in Kamala Harris as Vice President.
  • CAN DO Lesson: If you don’t know the answer, don’t be afraid to ask. Always be brave. You can do it.
  • Be Inquiring!

AMANDA S.C. GORMAN

In 2021, Amanda Gorman (1998-) became the only youth poet laureate and youngest Black-American in US history to participate in an inaugural event–reading her poem, The hill We Climb.

  • She worked to overcome speech and auditory processing challenges to become the country’s Youth Poet Laureate.
  • Her writing focuses on issues of oppression, feminism, race and marginalization.
  • Just as she used a love of poetry to help her overcome speech impediments, she has used her sense of style to stand out and give her brand recognition.
  • CAN DO Lesson: Hard work overcomes obstacles.
  • Work Harder!

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