A Rosie the Riveter Talks About the Importance of Rosie’s Bandana

by Kendra Bonnett on September 28, 2009

"Ethel the Riveter"

"Ethel the Riveter"

Post #25 – Women’s Memoirs, Conversations – Kendra Bonnett and Matilda Butler

Ask her if she was a Rosie the Riveter, and Ethel Horbach will correct you, “No I’m Ethel the Riveter.” Today Ethel lives at Amber Court in Westbury, New York, but some 65+ years ago she worked the lathe at Toolcraft grinding and polishing bullets for the war effort.

Amber Court’s activity director Ginger Bonner first contacted Women’s Memoirs regarding our Rosie the Riveter Legacy bandana. We were still developing our new, larger design (27×27”) that is 100

One of Ethel's cohorts

Fighting for Women

percent Made in the USA and now in stock, but I helped Ginger with some ideas for creating her costume. She followed up by sending these pictures of “Ethel the Riveter” and her cohorts at Amber Court.

Show your muscle

Show your muscle

I invited Ethel and Ginger to speak with me. Here’s the audio of our brief conversation. I think you’ll find it interesting.

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Ginger "doing the Rosie"

Ginger "doing the Rosie"

Our Rosie the Riveter Legacy bandana is popular year round, and helps keep our collective memoir Rosie’s Daughters: The “First Woman To” Generation Tells Its Story visible and selling. But it’s at Halloween when our sales really spike. So many women want to dress up as the iconic embodiment of women’s strength and empowerment—Rosie the Riveter. You can find our original Rosie the Riveter Legacy bandana here.

They Can Do It!

They Can Do It!

And if you would like to read more about the importance of book marketing and using complementary to promote books, please follow this link to my post on Story Circle Network’s Telling HerStories blog.

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Jinni Turkelson September 28, 2009 at

I loved this interview, Kendra! What a neat idea that Ginger had. I’m sure all the residents enjoyed it.
Jinni

Donna Indovino September 29, 2009 at

Thanks for bringing to light the story of ordinary women who are really extraordinary and certainly not ordinary. I really enjoyed reading, as well as, listening to the interview.
Donna

Janice October 8, 2009 at

Ginger does a great job at Amber Court, how wonderful it was to find true riveters at Amber Court. This women are wonderful and are an asset to our community and our world. We will be forever greatful to them for a job well done

Marlene Samuels October 16, 2009 at

Please check out the website I host with a partner that focuses on the cooking with scraps issues. In addition, I’m in the process of developing a website that deals with memoir, both one I’ve published (THE SEAMSTRESS: A MEMOIR OF SURVIVAL) and short story. I’m feeling positively OVERWHELMED by the time required to post, manage, monitor, update, etc. Any suggestions? Just hired a website designer but need to limit my professional expenses. (I’m presenting at the SCN conf in Austin & need to promote that too.) thanks!

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