Brittany Greer, President and Founder
Welcome to Rosie Riveters, I am so excited for you to join us on our journey to empower girls with the “confidence to try” and enrich their lives through the wondrous world of STEM.
A little about me: I am a seasoned communications professional with a specialism in digital communications. It was my time heading strategic communications for an international energy organization that first set me on the path to founding Rosie Riveters. The energy industry, like other STEM industries, is male dominated. Meeting a female engineer was the exception, not the norm. And that's a problem that starts long before women even consider a career in STEM. It starts with how our daughters are exposed to STEM in their early years, at home and in the classroom.
My inspiration is my daughter; a strong-willed, funny, sweet and adventurous two year old. Like all parents, I don't know what she'll grow up to be. But like all children, she deserves to blaze her own path. And that requires that she know all paths are open to her, not least STEM.
Let's give girls the confidence to try!
Katie Rieder, Vice President
As a former college admissions officer, I know firsthand what the lack of women in STEM really looks like: not enough college applications from young women interested in engineering and the hard sciences, and a huge disparity between opportunities for young women to explore and experiment with STEM and those available to their male counterparts. Being a part of Rosie Riveters lets me work to change this; by providing the latter, we’ll eventually fix the former!
My journey to STEM has been a circuitous one. Before reading piles of college applications, I earned my PhD in American Studies and taught undergraduate art history courses. The engineering students were often my favorite because they always had the coolest interpretations of how art was actually made (I hope none of my former students are reading this - I loved you all for different reasons, I promise!). My little girl, who loves magna tiles, legos, and digging for worms while wearing a tutu, is another reason I’m inspired to see the world through a scientist’s eyes. My hope is that when future college admissions officers read her application, as well as those of all her friends, they won’t see such a huge difference between the young men and women that are interested in STEM. Instead, they’ll just see a bunch of amazingly interesting future engineers.