Post #11 – Women’s Memoirs, Rosie the Riveter – Matilda Butler and Kendra Bonnett
As most of you know, Kendra Bonnett and I are co-authors of the collective memoir, Rosie’s Daughters: The ‘First Woman To’ Generation Tells Its Story. When we began giving presentations about the book, we wanted to wear a Rosie the Riveter red-and-white polka dot bandana. We thought that would be easy. After discovering that no one had a bandana that looked like the original, we decided to design one ourselves. We even added the slogan — We Can Do It…Pass It On. Having designed it, we found a company who would silk screen them for us with fabric made in the USA. We think Rosie would like that.
And, the rest, as they say, is history. We started selling the bandanas at our presentations and on both of our websites: RosiesDaughters.com and WomensMemoirs.com. Originally, they were most popular around Halloween. Now, we get sales all year round.
So, of course, we love hearing from women who use Rosie the Riveter as a source of inspiration. Here’s one story we thought you’d enjoy.
I just recently heard from Becquel Smith about a great use for Rosie the Riveter bandanas.
She begins her story by telling me about Betterside, a women’s rugby team located in Missoula, Montana. They are mostly college women from the University of Montana. It is rumored that the team originally got its name because they were better than the men. But I can’t vouch for that story.
Becquel said, “This year was our 35th anniversary. While the Betterside continues to be an active group, there are some of us who have moved on but still get together once a year to play. We’re called Farside. We all got together this last weekend in Missoula to attend Maggotfest, which is an annual rugby tournament that draws both men’s and women’s teams from across the nation and occasionally, internationally.
“We decided that on our 35th anniversary we wanted our theme to be Rosie the Riveter. We felt that she embodied strength, beauty and class, in addition to being such an iconic figure symbolizing women’s rights.
“This was my 13th year playing for the Betterside/Farside and this was the best theme we’ve had so far and I hope that we represented for Rosie in all the right ways.”
Congratulations to Betterside/Farside. Here’s the entire group picture that Becquel sent.