New Rosies in Pueblo, CO

This video showcases the women who work at the Pueblo Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant, from electrical field engineers to pipefitters, iron workers and other craft workers.

The plant cites that women make up 21% of the total workforce, however, of those only 21 were “craft workers” which is less than 2% (nationally women make up approximately 6% of trade workers)

At any rate, it’s nice to see the company celebrating these amazing women. And remember We Can Do It!

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Riveting Parodies

This is a wonderful collection of re-incarnations/ re-interpretations of Rosie. Enjoy!

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Giving Voice to Rosie the Riveter

New York University has made their oral history project, “The Real Rosie the Riveter Project”  available to the public.  From the NYU website:

In 1942, with the United States at war and many young men overseas, an acute labor shortage was threatening both the continued output of American manufacturing and the very war effort itself. Industries historically averse to hiring women now threw open their doors, challenging traditionally sexist views and forever altering the composition of the workforce.

During the World War II years, it is estimated that between 8 and 16 million women were employed in critical trades, including automobiles, shipbuilding, aircraft manufacturing, electrical equipment manufacture and transportation. For many women this was an opportunity for independence, money of their own, and seeing the country. At the peak of wartime employment, women constituted between one-third and one-half of the workers in many basic industries, jobs hitherto considered “men’s work.”

Now, nearly 70 years later, 48 of these women’s stories are being told in their own voices. 


Get the full story online at

And check out their awesome Rosie the Riveter library online

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Beyond the Image of Rosie

This looks like a fantastic book scheduled for a May 2012 publication:

Beyond Rosie the Riveter: Women of World War II in American Popular Graphic Art  by Donna B. Knaff from University of Kansas Press.

The iconic bicep-flexing poster image of “Rosie the Riveter” has long conveyed the impression that women were welcomed into the World War II work force and admired for helping “free a man to fight.” Donna Knaff, however, shows that “Rosie” only revealed part of the reality and that women depicted in other World War II visual art—both in the private sector and the military—reflected decidedly mixed feelings about the status of women within American society.

For details, visit the publisher’s website:

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Long Beach Calif. Rosies Rock

The Long Beach Rosie the Riveter Foundation is honoring several women who have that “We Can Do It” spirit on October 20.  You can read all about it at the Long Beach Post….

AND if you’re in the SoCal area, be sure to check out the Rosie the Riveter Park and Interpretive Center.  If you can’t get to the park, or want to brush on on your WWII and Rosie history, check out the website.  There’s some great resources for teachers along with information about the park.

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Cartersville, Georgia: Rosie the Riveters Tell Their Stories

If you’re anywhere near Cartersville, Georgia, go see
Rosie: Stories from the Homefront,
a documentary film by
Brian S. Armstrong on
August 19, 2011 (7 pm)
Heritage Hall
Georgia Highlands College:

 [Jane] Tucker went to work at the Southeastern Shipyard in Savannah in 1943 along with her sister and mother. Tucker toiled away as a welder where women wore pants and smoked in public, but most importantly they worked.

“We never went back,” she said. “This gave us an opportunity.”

Read “Riveters share war time stories” at the Rome News Tribune online.

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Future Rosies at Camp

From WLWT t.v. in Cincinnati:

Camp Teaches Girls About Carpentry, Welding

‘Rosie’s Girls’ Learn Technical Skills

CINCINNATI — A group of area girls is learning to adopt a can-do attitude at a YWCA summer camp.
Rosie’s Girls, named for the World War II-era icon “Rosie the Riveter,” are learning traditionally male technical skills such as welding and carpentry at Woodward High School.
“They told me it would be something I’ve never done before and that I’m in for a treat, and they’re right,” said camper Kayla Nunn, a Clark Montessori student.

Read more, AND catch a video at the station’s website:

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West Virginia Rosies, Then and Now

If you’re in the West Virginia area, check out this new documentary film:

“We Pull Together: Rosie the Riveters Then and Now

World Premiere. 7:00pm Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Capitol Theater
123 Summers Street
Charleston, WV

5:00pm Reception

a BJ Gudmundsson Film

Presented by Thanks! Plain and Simple, Inc. and the West Virginia Humanities Council

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Honoring the Women Who Served the Men Who Served in the Armed Forces

For Memorial Day I thought I’d offer a tribute to the women in my family, who made it possible for the men in my family to serve.  Sometimes these women served during wartime, managing households and children and cross-country moves, alone.  Some of these women served  during peace times, entertaining fellow officers, doing charitable endeavors, and making their husbands look good.  Unfortunately women are often not honored for this kind of hard work–the kind of hard work that makes it possible for their husbands to succeed in their careers and still have a family, and a nice home.

A trio of officer's wives: Aunt Pam (Mom's sister), Mimi (my grandmother), and Mom

My Aunt Pam was married to George Branch, USAF. I’m not sure what rank he attained, but he was a pilot, and I know they moved around a bit…  and Pam had FOUR kids in tow!

We called my grandmother “Mimi.” She was married to my grandfather, we called him “Papasan.”  He was a Commodore, and a pilot who served during World War II.  Donald G. Gumz retired at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station after having served as the commander there.

Mom.  She was married to my Dad, he retired as a Captain in the U.S. Navy.  He was an engineer, but also had a degree in Finance and worked on a lot of budget issues.  The first time my mother had to move by herself was when my Dad was at sea.  His ship, however was scheduled to return to a new home port, near San Francisco.  We had been living in Long Beach. My mother, with two small children (I was two, my sister was six), had to sell the house, find new “quarters” and pack up and move.

Granddad, and Grandma

Maurice E. Simpson, aka Granddad, retired an Admiral in the U.S. Navy. He married my Grandma, Ruby, just before he entered the Navy.  Grandma had grown up in a small town in Virginia, Sedley. She’d married, but her husband was killed in a car accident–she was pregnant with my Dad at the time.  Knowing she had a son to take care of, she went to nursing school, and was working as a nurse when she met “Maury.”  She used to tell me that all the girls called him “Dreamboat.”  Right after they married, they moved to San Diego, the first of many moves to come.  Also, World War II started up (my granddad was on a supply ship in Pearl Harbor when the Japanese attacked).  I think they moved 11 times, though I’m not sure.  The duty stations that I know about include:  San Diego, San Francisco, Japan (post WWII), (Rota Spain), Long Beach, Great Lakes (near Chicago), Beaufort (one of the Carolinas), Quantico, VA, Washington DC, Norfolk… some like Norfolk may have been more than once.

Nana Gumz and Papi Gumz

I didn’t really know Nana or Papi Gumz– I was pretty young when they passed away. I do know that my Papi Gumz was, according to my Dad, “an old salt” a term used to describe someone who came up in the Navy the hard way…  my Ludwig Gumz joined the Navy at the age of 13. He lied about his age and joined as an Apprentice Boys, served during World War I and worked his way up to Lieutenant.  He was called back to active duty during World War II.  I wish I had more to say about my Great Grandmother. She was born Lillian Flood, and lived in Waukegan, Illinois when they married, according to a newspaper article I have (about the two Gumz men).  I remember visiting once and Nana Gumz made pancakes with chocolate chips IN them. I must have been about 8 and I thought that was the most ingenious thing EVER.

They may not have been Rosie the Riveters, but they served on the home front in their own way, throughout their lives.  And for that, they should be honored too.

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Real life Rosie the Riveter lives in Marquette with her World War II love – | News, Sports, Jobs, Marquette Information | The Mining Journal

Another real Rosie’s story, Lynn Roblin of Marquette, Michigan:

Real life Rosie the Riveter lives in Marquette with her World War II love – | The Mining Journal.

If you know of a real life Rosie the Riveter, let me know.

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