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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January

Laura Aar

Plane Fabricator in Lake Success, NY

born January 25,, 1920

died January 9, 2015

April

Fran Carlson

Riveter at Boeing

born April 23, 1924
died June 14, 2013

July

Grace Cooper

Hose Assembler at Pioneer Rubber Mills Pittsburgh, CA

born July 15, 1925

October

Evelyn Nickerson

Riveter at Boeing

born March 19, 1915

died August 20, 2013

February

Esther Aylesworth

Riveter at Boeing

born February 9, 1924

died October 24, 2017

May

Irene Nelson

Riveter at Boeing

born May 28, 1919

August

Yvonne Howe

Mechanic at Boeing

born August 7, 1920

died September 4, 2013

November

Pearl Armstrong

Riveter at Boeing

born April 30, 1917

died December 29, 2011

March

Erna Ford

Fabricator at Bremerton Shipyard

born March 9, 1924

June

Grace Davis

Welder at Boeing

born June 24, 1919

Died April 28, 2019

September

Etta Fox

Riveter at Belle Aircraft,

Marietta, Georgia

born August 19, 1922

died December 27, 2011

December 

Winnie Bjelland

Mechanic at Boeing

born December 2, 1919

died January 20, 2019

Washington Women in Trades

PO Box 24972

Seattle, WA  98124

Phone:  206.324.3372

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