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The Publisher | A Letter from Jimmy Dean
Welcome to The Women’s Issue!
Every year, we dedicate an entire issue to showcase remarkable women in our community who have made a notable impression upon us. It is not an easy issue because there are so very many women here in the Charlotte Harbor region deserving of our ink. Narrowing the list down is a major piece of work and we regretfully cannot include every woman who impresses us. Each year, we keep a list and work on it for the March issue in honor of International Women’s Day, which is March 8th. It’s a day set aside to celebrate women’s achievements throughout history and across all nations. It is also known as United Nations Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace.
My suspicions are that this year, there will be more attention paid to this day in light of the revelations of the past year or so. I’m talking about the heinous behavior on the part of some members of the Y Chromosome Club. I take that back. Due to their behavior, I am revoking their membership – especially a certain so-called doctor who abused his Olympic athletes entrusted to him for care and treatment. I have two teenage daughters who are athletes. The details of that story shook me to my core.
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about my childhood days and the way women were viewed back then. I am a child of the ‘50s, and Rosie the Riveter was my first image of a woman displaying muscle, grit and strength. Rosie the Riveter – remember the poster? She passed away this year on January 20th. Her name was Naomi Parker and she was only 20 years old, working in a machine shop at the Naval Air Station in Alameda, Calif., when a photographer snapped a photo of her on the job. She was bent over an industrial machine, a riveter I suppose, wearing a jumpsuit and sensible heels, with her hair tied back in a polka-dot bandana for safety. The poster became a World War II icon for recruiting women to work since men were in short supply due to deployment.
She was 96 when she passed away, knowing that her image has been a clarion call for women everywhere for over 70 years. I noticed something odd about her passing – there was little coverage of it in the news. Moreover, I know why – because there was no room for it. Assignment editors everywhere probably wanted to cover it, but there were more pressing items America needed to know about. Rosie’s story got left in the dust of history. That’s the reason I’m including it here. And why we chose to close this very issue with the poster created in her image.
If it were not for strong women, we would all be a lost cause.
Celebrate every woman in your life, every day and in every way.
Enjoy the issue!