(( OH! I almost forgot to share this. So all week long at my daughter’s middle school, they are hosing “Spirit Week”. It’s the week where our town’s high school football team plays their rival high school football team from one town over. It’s a Texas thing, I’m told…
But anyway, during the week at the schools, the kids are encouraged to dress up and participate in different theme days. Monday was “American Pride” Day. Tuesday “Around the World Day”. Wednesday “Celebrity Day”, etc.
Well, my eleven year-old daughter came to me and said she needed help on dress up ideas. She had Celebrity Day nailed down but wanted thoughts for the rest. I asked if she had any ideas for “American Pride” Day. She said (in typical almost-teenager fashion), “I dunno. I guess I’ll just wear like a T-shirt with ‘USA’ on it or something.” I told her I had a better idea - an idea for an American icon that stood for something important.
When I explained the history of Rosie the Riveter and the iconic “We Can Do It” World War II propaganda image, she was intrigued. We hopped online and got a quick lesson on women’s efforts on the home front and how it helped shape the war. When I went further and taught her how after the war, women began fighting for equal rights and Rosie was co-opted throughout the years to stand for a strong female role model image, she was hooked. She’s all about girl power!
So check out the picture on the left - that was the end result. How did we do?
Side note: There was a costume contest which in her grade which she ended up placing second. She lost to a boy wearing - I kid you not - red jeans and a Captain America T-shirt. She said the contest judges were all the boy’s friends and that it was an unjust contest. She even said first place should have gone to another girl. She wasn’t unhappy that she lost, she was unhappy that it was rigged. That’s my baby girl - fighting the good fight and standing up for what’s right! ))