This is a wonderful collection of re-incarnations/ re-interpretations of Rosie. Enjoy!
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 http://www.nyu.edu/about/news-publications/news/2012/01/18/rosie-the-riveter-we-can-do-it-womens-stories-come-to-life.html
And check out their awesome Rosie the Riveter library online
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: http://www.kansaspress.ku.edu/knabey.html
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.
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)
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.
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: http://www.wlwt.com/news/28550295/detail.html#ixzz1Sa2YNrOw
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
123 Summers Street
a BJ Gudmundsson Film
Presented by Thanks! Plain and Simple, Inc. and the West Virginia Humanities Council