Matilda Butler—Rosie’s Daughters draws on Butler’s 35 years of research training and work experiences. She is an author, life writing coach, social psychologist, and entrepreneur.
Butler taught and conducted research at Stanford University, created the nationwide Women’s Educational Equity Communication Network, and co-founded Knowledge Access International, a software company specializing in CD-ROM information products. After selling the company in 1997, she returned to research and writing that resulted in Rosie’s Daughters. She helps women tell their life stories in her classes on women’s memoir writing. (www.WomensMemoirs.com)
Butler has published more than 50 articles about women, contributed chapters to published books about women in education and work, co-authored the award-winning book Women and the Mass Media and co-edited the book Knowledge Utilization Systems.
She graduated magna cum laude from Boston University, received her M.A. in communication research from Stanford University and her Ph.D. in social psychology from Northwestern University. She has been listed in Who’s Who in the West since 1978 and Who’s Who of American Women since 1975.
Like the women in Rosie’s Daughters, Butler is a member of the “First Woman To” Generation and also had to find her way in a world turned upside down by the social, cultural and historic changes of the last 40+ years. She currently lives on a hillside near Monterey Bay where she writes, teaches, tends her Italian olive and Meyer lemon orchards and feeds the fawns and an occasional mountain lion.
Kendra Bonnett—Bonnett is an award-winning author and business executive with 20 years experience in direct marketing, public relations and marketing communications for both international corporations and smaller, entrepreneurial firms.
Bonnett started her career as editor for the Women’s Educational Equity Communication Network where she and Butler first explored creative ways to make information more easily accessible. Bonnett entered the online, interactive field early, designing computer curriculum for secondary school students, and co-founding Digit, one of the first computer magazines for children. Later she founded Profit: Information Technology for Entrepreneurs and Beyond Computing, a joint magazine publishing venture between IBM and The New York Times, and served as Profit’s first editor in chief.
She joined Mark Stevens at the formation of Mark Stevens & Company and served as president of the results-oriented marketing and communication firm. Wanting more time to write and conduct historical analysis, she moved to Downeast Maine where she worked on Rosie’s Daughters while continuing to help small firms make effective use of their promotion dollars with creative Internet marketing strategies.
She has written more than 200 magazine articles and six books, The Everyone Can Build a Robot Book; ACE IT! Using Your Computer in School; The Creative Printmaster; An IBM Guide to Doing Business on the Internet; and two as ghostwriter for prominent business executives.
Bonnett graduated cum laude from Arizona State University with degrees in history and anthropology, has a Master’s degree in history from The College of William and Mary and further graduate studies in history at the University of California at Santa Barbara. A Baby Boomer, Bonnett gratefully acknowledges walking through the doors opened by the “First Woman To” Generation.