Rosie the Riveter represents the American women who replaced the male workers in factories during World War II.
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Naomi Parker Fraley, the Real Rosie the Riveter, Dies at 96
Unsung for seven decades, the real Rosie the Riveter was a California waitress named Naomi Parker Fraley. Over the years, a welter of American women have been identified as the model for Rosie, the war worker of 1940s popular culture who became a feminist touchstone in the late 20th century. Mrs. Fraley, who died at 96, in Longview, Wash., staked the most legitimate claim of all. But because her claim was eclipsed by another woman`s, she went unrecognized for more than 70 years.
Documentary film Top Secret Rosies: The Female Computers of World War II released on DVD
In the 1940s, when mathematically talented girls were recruited by the U.S. military to do ballistics research, "computer" was a job title, not a machine. And some of the women went on to program the first general-purpose computer, the ENIAC. When filmmaker LeAnn Erickson learned of this little known Second World War female group she knew she had to told their story.
Rosie the Riveter World War II Homefront Experience Projectat UC Berkeley collects video interviews
"The name of the project is the 'Rosie the Riveter World War II Homefront Experience Project.' Every aspect of our world in the Bay Area seemed to turn upside down during the WWII, and it's extremely important for us historians to understand why that happened and how that happened. The fact that this generation is getting older does give us a renewed sense of urgency. We would love to document as many stories as we can," explains Sam Redman of U.C. Berkeley.
Geraldine Doyle inspired Rosie the Riveter and "We Can Do It!" poster
Geraldine Doyle, who as a 17-year-old factory worker became the inspiration for a iconic WW2 recruitment poster that evoked female power and independence under the slogan "We Can Do It!," has passed away at 86. For millions of Americans the stunning brunette in the red and white polka-dot bandanna was Rosie the Riveter.
World War II ushered women into the military: WASPs, WACs, WAVES, Rosie the Riveters
Inspired by Amelia Earhart and other female aviation aces, Thelma K. Miller began learning to fly at 16. She didn't tell her parents, fearing they'd think it was too dangerous. In 1944 she joined the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs), becoming a private flight instructor after the war. --- Serving as a human guinea pig (testing military uniforms saturated with chemicals to resist poison gas attacks), aiding the Allied Supreme Commander general Dwight Eisenhower, trucking entertainers to the troops - all were part of the duty when Norma Coletta joined the Women's Army Corps (WACs).
Women Shipyard Workers of World War II: An Oral History
Esther McAtee Gallagher remembers working as a WWII bicycle messenger, when she was 16 years old and carried plans for new ships for workers at Vancouver's Kaiser Shipyard. It isn't the glory of helping in the war effort that she recalls: "What does a 16yo know about patriotism?" She is one of a dwindling number of women who remember those WWII shipbuilding days when their men went to the war. They were the "Wendy the Welders", the sisters of the "Rosie the Riveters." Sandy Polishuk and Barbara Gundle and the Northwest Women's History Project have preserved those days in a video "Good Work Sister! Women Shipyard Workers of World War II: An Oral History."
Rosie the Riveters Get to Ride in Plane They Built 65 Years Ago
Anne King was 19 and earning $12 a week in a dime store when she was recruited in 1942 to make airplane parts from blueprints. At Republic Aviation on Long Island, she worked both as a mechanic and riveter on P-47 Thunderbolt fighters and other aircraft. King and 5 other women who performed wartime factory work will gather at what is now Republic Airport in Farmingdale and take rides in a B-17 Flying Fortress and a B-24 Liberator "as a tribute to their war efforts," said Hope Kaplan, a spokeswoman for the American Airpower Museum. King said she was "not the least bit nervous" about her first flight in a vintage bomber.
National park "Rosie the Riveter" - tours prove popular
The popularity of Richmond's Rosie the Riveter national park was unknown until the first-ever summer tours booked up, and the waiting list grew to 300. Park employees were so overwhelmed with calls that they scrambled to add 2 additional tours, which also filled up immediately. Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park consists of numerous official locations and dozens of unofficial sites. Park tours offer rich insight into life in Richmond during the war through documents, artwork, welding artifacts and fashions of the day, like a near-mint condition wedding dress worn by a Rosie.
Rosie the Riveter - WWII Home Front National Historical Park
A new chapter has opened in Florence Rose's life since she discovered a developing historical archive in Richmond. It is the Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park. After sending her memories of working women on the home front, she received a official certification: "Your contribution will be preserved to professional museum standards and potentially used for research, education and exhibit." She is one of 1,700 Rosies out of 10,000 who have contacted the historical park to be so honored. The Rosie the Riveter fictional character with a rolled-up shirtsleeve featured on posters inspired women to join the work force.