Risa: I chose Rosie the Riveter. Rosie inspired a social movement that increased the number of working American women from 12 million to 20 million by 1944, a 57% increase from 1940. By 1944 only 1.7 million unmarried men between the ages of 20 and 34 worked in the defense industry, while 4.1 million unmarried women between those ages did. All you have to wear to be Rosie the Riveter is a blue collared t-shirt, and a red bandanna tied around your head. Although the costume is simple, it’s so powerful and inspiring.
Olivia: My costume idea is to be Bev from the new movie “It.” Bev survives bullying, abuse, and a crazy clown that feeds off of children’s fear. She overcomes these obstacles and ends up pushing through and staying strong for her friends. Bev is a young girl who has many admirable qualities, and the actress is in a very popular new movie.
Hannah: Here are some suggestions for you that aren’t trying to be “sexy”: box of donuts, tree, flowers, lipstick, a vampire, a character from your favorite horror (or not) movie. In my opinion, Halloween is for having fun and hanging out with friends, and you should be whatever you desire. I know someone who once dressed up as toilet for Halloween. These are empowering costumes because they do not conform to social standards and show that you are strong and confident and you don’t need a sexy costume.
Kakazi: I picked Taraji P. Henson as Katherine Johnson in “Hidden Figures.” I was just impressed that the representation of black women was evident in NASA decades ago and even now in Hollywood. It is important for me to see successful women who look like me in different fields that way I can picture myself and other black girls there. PS. Their outfits are just so well put together even when they kicking Jim Crow butt.
Annie: I pick Angelica Schuyler from the musical “Hamilton.” Although she was living in a time where women didn’t have all the rights that men did, it’s clear that she was passionate about speaking up for her beliefs. Not only did she act independently and fight for what she believed in (Lin Manuel Miranda wrote that Angelica would likely have been a founding father had she been a man), but she prioritized her loyalty to her sisters above all else. Angelica is an awesome role model for girls to look up to.
Shira: My costume idea is Rosie the Riveter because she is cultural icon for women. During WWII she represented women who worked in factories and shipyards. For this costume you can wear black leggings, a blue shirt, and a red bandana.
Sasha: There are so many costumes for girls that are both inspiring and empowering, but if I had to pick a few, dressing as a woman who inspires you whether it’s just all around feminism like Malala Yousafzai, or more political like Michelle Obama or Elizabeth Warren, the most inspiring and empowering costumes are of people who inspire and empower you.
Amari: I think an inspiring costume could be Octavia Blake from “The 100.” She was hid from the public for 16 years because she was a second child, and second children were absolutely forbidden, so she never saw outside her room. When she finally got a chance to be out and away from people who could tell her what to do, she became this really cool warrior that followed her own rules and fought for what she believed in. I think she would be an awesome costume for girls because she’s really inspiring and the fact that she became this amazing person even though she grew up knowing that if anyone saw her, she would be executed just for being alive.
Lila: When thinking about a costume that is a strong and feel-good choice for girls, I had a couple of ideas. The one that stood out was Rosie the Riveter. During World War II, she became a symbol of women who went to work when the men were fighting overseas. As the economy struggled and grew to support the war, women stepped in and proved that they could do the job just as well as men. A DIY costume for Rosy is a red bandana, blue jeans, and a worn jean button up shirt.