Throughout World War II, as men across the United States were fighting overseas, millions of women were assisting in the war effort through working in factories, shipyards and other places doing jobs traditionally seen as men’s work.
These women became known as Rosie the Riveters, and their efforts marked a shift in women’s roles in the workforce. Several living Rosies who worked in Henry J. Kaiser’s shipyards in Richmond during the war often get together for various events, and four of them were at Travis Air Force Base Tuesday to tell their stories.
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By John RamosJune 6, 2019 KPIX-5 CBS SF Bay Area
RICHMOND (KPIX 5) — When the D-Day invasion began on June 6, 1944, people in the Bay Area were already busy supporting the war effort by building ships and manufacturing munitions. But it turns out the massive invasion was a surprise to more than just the enemy.
As the largest amphibious invasion in human history commenced, most people in the Bay Area had no idea it was even happening.
By Liz Kreutz Thursday, June 6, 2019 ABC 7
A group of some of the last surviving "Rosie the Riveters" traveled to Normandy this week for the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion.
Interview on MSNBC June 5, 2019
“Rosie The Riveters” - the name given to all the women who worked in the factories and shipyards during World War II while their loved ones were fighting on the frontlines, and sometimes losing their lives in combat. Three real-life “Rosie the Riveters” Marian Wynn, Marian Sousa, and Mae Krier join Andrea Mitchell to talk about the 75th anniversary of D-day.
To watch the interview, click here.
By Lincoln Cushing Published May 14, 2019 Kaiser Permanente
D-Day. Normandy, June 6, 1944.
75 years ago, a massive Allied force stormed the French coast and turned the tide in World War II. America sent some of its finest to fight, and many did not return. This year, to mark the anniversary, we will send more of our finest — civilian women who built ships for that war in the Kaiser Richmond Shipyards.
By Melissa Colorado Published May 10, 2019 NBC Bay Area
They might be in their 90’s but the last surviving Rosie the Riveters have not forgotten the men who gave up their lives fighting in World War II.
The same Rosies who helped build warships in the Bay Area more than 70 years ago will soon travel to Normandy, France to stand alongside the last surviving veterans.
By Ian Thompson in Daily Republic: Solano County's New Source
When Kay Morrison first walked to the union hall to get a job working at the Kaiser Shipyards in mid-1942, she was greeted by the sign in the window that read “No Women or Blacks Wanted.”
By Chris Bulfinch , Coin World Published : 04/20/19
In early spring, legislation introduced in the 116th Congress included several bills proposing gold medals honoring military and wartime heroes.
The Mexican pilots of Escuadron 201, Rosie the Riveter, and soldiers who defended Bataan and Corregidor in the Philippines during World War II were advanced for honors.
By Community Contributor in Daily Republic: Solano County's New Source
The Peña Adobe Historical Society will host members from the Rosie the Riveter WWII Home Front National Historical Park at the Peña Adobe Park in Vacaville, on Saturday May 4, 2019 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The park is located in Vacaville at Peña Adobe Road off Interstate 80 to the left of Lagoon Valley Regional Park’s entrance.
The Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park was established in Richmond, California in 2000. This National Park tells the story of the Kaiser Shipyards in Richmond which produced 747 ships during World War II with the largest number of people in the history of our country working at war jobs out of a sense of patriotic duty. During World War II six million women entered the workforce and became known as “Rosie the Riveter”. Her “We Can Do It” motto came to symbolize all women workers.