Bittersweet Endings, Hopeful Beginnings
After 13 calendars consisting of over 150 interviews and photos, producers Robin Murphy and Cindy Payne hung up their calendar bandannas with this year’s production, The Triumph of Humility. It was a wonderfully inspirational and enriching road and we offer arms-full of gratitude to everyone who played a part, from the women and their families, the stories shared, the folks who helped find Rosies, the media enthusiasm and connections with community organizations--all these combined--created a true phenomenon.
In 2002, the Rosies were a piece of forgotten history. On a whim, WA Women in Trades gathered over 100 women to thank them and recognize their work during WWII. Little did we know that the following 17 years would result in such a rich body of work, countless friendships made, some epic Rosie road trips and the best memories ever.
This very special calendar featured 9 women from Oregon--from Coquille to Portland--and 3 from Washington. As always, their stories span far beyond the few years they worked in WWII factories. They are teachers, farmers, artists, activists, building inspectors, seamstresses, cowgirls, caregivers, drafters and printing press operators. They are moms, aunts, sisters and wives. And finally, they're our friends, mentors and the best tradeswomen cheerleaders we know.
Front Cover Photo: Marcella Von Tangen
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