2012. Washington Women in Trades 5th Rosie calendar.
It was with both pride and humility that we presented our 5th Rosie the Riveter commemorative calendar, Stories & Snapshots.
Risk takers, most Rosies were just teenagers when they hired on. Many had never left home. They rode crowded trains across country with almost empty pockets and a paper bag full of lunch, seeking, just as earlier pioneers, adventure, a decent paycheck and food in their bellies. They lived in boarding houses, they trained and they worked. They slogged through exhaustive hours, long overtime, split shifts, interminable bus and ferry rides, sexual and racial oppression.
As time went on, they married and raised families, some continued to work in non-traditional jobs, some ran restaurants, others were accountants, teachers, counselors, nurses, and more. Many out lived more than a few husbands.
For them, the Rosie experience left an indelible mark, and though they seldom expressed it outright, it affected each of their lives in an undeniable way. In turn, they acutely affected ours.
Front Cover Photo: An extremely digitally enhanced photo of Erna Ford and a friend.
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