HB’s mission states, “At this moment in history, there is great need for women of vision and courage who are empowered for leadership in a multicultural and globalized society.” As a historian, I would assert that there are many, many moments in history that have needed and will continue to need women of vision and courage who roll up their sleeves and lead. Perhaps that is why we have chosen Rosie the Riveter as our HB icon this March, which is Women’s History Month. You’ll see our version of Rosie on all of our social media channels this month, and we’ll even have a special Rosie photo area stationed in the Atrium on March 8 as we celebrate International Women’s Day. As a girls’ school with a 142-year history of educating and empowering young women, HB is proud to celebrate Women’s History Month. Every day this March, we’ll be sharing content related to our own school history and we’ll be featuring the voices of women in the HB community and beyond. New material will be posted throughout the month on all of our digital platforms: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, HBlog, and hb.edu, so be sure to follow along for videos, inspirational quotes, special contests, and much more. We’d love to add your voice to the mix as well, so please like, comment, and share.
“Rosie the Riveter” wasn’t meant to capture the likeness of merely one woman. Rather, she represented the wartime efforts of 6 million women who joined the workforce in the early 1940s to replace men who had gone to Europe. Women served the war effort by taking on intense industrial jobs in the defense industries—building tanks, bombs, and weapons; they operated heavy construction machinery; worked in lumber and steel mills; and took care of our national infrastructure. In fact, the US aircraft industry employed more than 300,000 women, making up 65 percent of that industry’s total workforce, which only employed one percent women before the war. Together, these tough, creative, and strong women created an entirely new image and set the stage for upcoming generations of women to know that girls can do anything they set their minds to—anything!