Rosie was an icon of WWII, the embodiment of America’s unity during wartime. These women were asked to help out across the nation while the men were away. They were from all walks of life: mothers, students, and teenagers; women who never questioned, just pitched in and did what was asked of them. They took on jobs building airplanes, making submarine nets, expediting, working in labs and repairing army vehicles. Most had no experience in trades work!
So what happened to them after the war ended? Some stayed in the trades, others raised families; others went back to their careers as teachers, waitresses and office workers.
Now in 2007, the Rosies are in their 80s and 90s and very young at heart. Most of them live independently and have a zest for life seldom seen even in 20-somethings. Some are writing memoirs, poetry, or books on senior sex. Others are restoring vintage planes, some are very active in politics, some are traveling and dancing. Most are grandmothers and great-grandmothers.
The Rosies think nothing of their achievements. Today’s tradeswomen see them as their founding mothers, women who paved the way for them to work and be accepted in the trades. Young girls see the Rosies as rock stars, famous for what they did. All should see them for what they are: very extraordinary women, true heroines, women who will continue to inspire us for a lifetime.
This project is dedicated to them all.
This calendar is out of print