Women's History Month Marches into March

by Fred Showker

the letter MAphrodite_by_BoticelliMarch is probably one of my favorite months simply because it usually marks the end of winter and begins to see the beginnings of spring. I know that summer isn't too far away! I also love preparing for March, because 18 years ago we decided to begin featuring women in the design, graphics, illustration, photography and other visual arts fields as an adjunct celebration to Women's History Month. So let me share just a few of the "official" links for March ...

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Teaching & Learning Resources for Women's History Month GO Women's History Month: A Collection of Teaching Resources a truly inspired look at the official Women's History Month with coursework in mind for teachers.

GO Woman's History Month For Teachers
      yes, another teachers' site, full of good stuff.

GO Women's History Month Banners

GO 2014 Women History Poster Set order up ... here's a sample

Beyond Rosie the Riveter

coverWomen of World War II in American Popular Graphic Art
      The iconic bicep-flexing Westinghouse poster image of "Rosie the Riveter" has long conveyed the impression that women were welcomed into the World War II work force and admired for helping "free a man to fight." Donna Knaff, however, shows that "Rosie" only revealed part of the reality and that women depicted in other World War II visual artboth in the private sector and the military reflected decidedly mixed feelings about the status of women within American society.

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But seriously, folks, who was Rosie the Riveter ?

Rosie the Riveter represented the Real Women Workers in World War II -- in this special presentation, Sheridan Harvey explores the evolution of "Rosie the Riveter" and discusses the lives of real women workers in World War II.
      Sheridan Harvey is Women's Studies Specialist in the Humanities and Social Sciences Division and senior editor of "American Women," a resource guide for the study of women's history and culture in the United States. Norman Rockwell didn't create Rosie... you're familiar with. J. Howard Miller created Rosie!

I've watched this maybe a half dozen times . . . you may want to go full screen and sit back!

Rosie the Riveter and Norman Rockwell

It all started with a podcast talking about this famous (if you like this kind of thing) image below, used during World War II in USA, in a campaign to recruit women to occupy job posts that were normally of the men who were fighting in the war.

GO J. Howard Miller (1918–2004) American graphic artist who created Rosie GO Rosie the Riveter and Norman Rockwell
GO Norman Rockwell's Rosie enlarged
GO Rosie the Riveter adaptation stylized
GO Rosie the Riveter as found in Google Images, and
GO Lots of Women's War Effort Ww2 Posters as seen by Google

Rosie the Riveter according to Nocturnus Libertus

GO Rosie the Riveter according to Nocturnus Libertus
      The official "Nocturnus Libertus" tumblr blog! Find music, updates, and random goodies!

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GO SBAI Blogfor Women’s History Month set to launch March 1st

GO Women's History Month Posters as seen by Google Women’s History Month Poster Travis Butler, a New Media graduate from UNC Asheville -- his blog is intended to serve as a record of my internship with the
GO UNC Asheville Intercultural Center
GO Click to see the poster of Rosie, all in Typography GO National Women's History Month Theme: Women Inspiring Innovation Through Imagination: Celebrating Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics ... www.nwhm.org
GO womenshistorymonth.gov: the official info
GO International Women's Day according to Wikipedia
GO Women's History Month Women's History Month is an annual declared month worldwide that highlights the contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society. It is celebrated during March in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia, corresponding with International Women's Day on March 8 in Canada. (wikipedia)
GO St. Patrick's Day according to Wikipedia, Saint Patrick's Day or the Feast of Saint Patrick is a cultural and religious holiday celebrated on 17 March. It is named after Saint Patrick (c. AD 385–461), the most commonly recognised of the patron saints of Ireland.
GO www.st-patricks-day.com St. Patrick's Day -- Reflects on holiday, includes biographical sketch of St. Patrick, and provides links to other sites.

We've got several hundred new uploads to the Publishers' Warehouse, including International Designing Women samplers from four continents, including many we see in our regular Designing Women section. And remember : the feature continues through April, along with our "Spring Color" issue.

Hope you enjoy this issue as much as I have.

GO DTG Designing Women Series Continues

And, thanks for reading

Fred Showker

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