Sixty Eight Years Ago Today

Norman Rockwell’s iconic image of Rosie the Riveter graced the cover of The Saturday Evening Post.  Check out this fantastic article on the Berkeley Blog, “Norman Rockwell’s Rosie the Riveter and World War II in American Memory” by history Ph.D. candidate Samuel Redman.

Did you know that UC Berkeley has an ongoing oral history project to record and archive the stories of the Rosies who came to the Bay area to work during World War II ?

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Rosie the Riveters in Arizona

From Jeff Dempsey, Daily News-Sun

Fewer Rosies remain: Sun City chapter of riveters happy for open house despite dwindling numbers

When Clara “Happy” Sargol started the Arizona chapter of the American Rosie the Riveter Association in 1999, the group had about 20 members.

Their numbers grew to about 85, though as time goes on that number shrinks little by little…..


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Bay Area Resource for Women in the Trades

The California Bay Area seems to be  hopping with organizations that support women working in trades, from the Rosie the Riveter Memorial Park in Richmond to Oakland’s The Crucible where women can learn to weld.

Oakland is also home to Tradeswomen, Inc., “California’s first organization for women in the trades, was founded in 1979 as a grass- roots support organization. We build community among the growing numbers of women in blue collar, skilled craft jobs.”


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Who Was Rosie the Riveter?

For a lot of people, this poster is the image that comes to mind when they hear “Rosie the Riveter.”  This poster was created sometime in 1942 by J. Howard Miller as part of an Ad Council campaign to encourage women to work the jobs left by men who were serving in the armed forces during World War II.

Geraldine Doyle, who passed away in December 2010, was the model for this Rosie.

The other image that comes to mind is the Norman Rockwell illustration that served as the cover for the Saturday Evening Post for the May 29, 1943 Memorial Day issue.  The original oil painting was acquired in 2009 by the soon to open Crystal Bridges museum of American art for a whopping 4.96 million dollars.  The museum is located in Bentonville, Arkansas.

But did you know there was a song?  “Rosie the Riveter” the song came out in 1943 sometime before Norman Rockwell’s Rosie appeared:



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Whatever Happened to Rosie the Riveter?

I’m fascinated by the image of Rosie the Riveter versus the reality, that only a small percentage are women ( a number that is falling in these tough economic times):

In 2007 women accounted for 6% of employed welders according to the U.S. Department of Labor statistics, and more recent statistics (2009 data) shows only 4% of welders are women.

I’ll be blogging here primarily about women in welding, though that may cover women in other trades, where women are also underrepresented.  AND, I’ll be blogging about Rosie the Riveter.

Other topics that are related include:  gender equality, civil rights, Title IX, and women in the workforce.

You can read more details about this blog here, on the About Searching for Rosie Page.

As a note, I moderate all comments. As my mother used to say, “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.”  I do appreciate CIVIL discourse, and if you disagree with anything I write about, please do comment, just be nice about– I’m more apt to listen if you disagree in a nice way.

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