Rosie the Riveter Day com­ing up in Rome

The Standard Journal - - LOCAL NEWS - By Ken Suf­fridge

The Mu­seum of Flight lo­cated at the Richard B. Rus­sell Air­port in Rome will play host to a “Rosie the Riveter Day” in the com­ing weeks on Satur­day, March 16 from 11 a.m. un­til 2 p.m.

Rosie the Riveter was the star of a cam­paign aimed at re­cruit­ing fe­male work­ers from all over the coun­try to work in de­fense in­dus­tries dur­ing World War II, be­cause the men of Amer­ica were en­list­ing into the armed ser­vices, which left a wide gap in the in­dus­trial la­bor force.

Be­tween the years of 1940 and 1945 the fe­male per­cent­age of the U.S. work­force rose from 27 per­cent to an es­ti­mated 37 per­cent, and by 1945 nearly one of ev­ery four mar­ried wo­man worked out­side the home.

More than 310,000 women worked in Amer­ica’s air­craft in­dus­try and in 1943 made up about 65 per­cent of the in­dus­try’s to­tal work­force (com­pared to just 1 per­cent in the pre-war years). To­day there are sev­eral women who be­long to the Rome Chap­ter Of Amer­i­can Rosie The Rivet­ers As­so­ci­a­tion.

They in­clude Geral­dine An­thony age 91 who worked at the Bell Bomber Plant in Marietta; Polly Clark age 92, who worked at Camp Shelby Post Ex­change and Base Theater in Hat­tis­burg, Miss.

There’s also Bet­tianne Ware Har­ris age 90, her Girl Scout Troop rolled ban­dages for The Amer­i­can Red Cross in LaGrange; Lou­vinia Jor­don, age 96, who worked in Mil­i­tary In­tel­li­gence as a code breaker at Ar­ling­ton Sta­tion in North­ern Vir­ginia.

Mary McJunkin, age 97, worked at the El Se­gundo Air Plane Fac­tory in San Pe­dro, Calif., Joy Mitchell, age 94, was a Regis­trar at Bat­tey Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal in Rome for vis­i­tors and a Coun­selor to pa­tients.

Also in­cluded are Lu­cre­tia Jane Tucker age 91 worked at the South­east­ern Ship Yard as a Lib­erty Ships rod welder in Sa­van­nah, and Nel­lie Woodall, worked at the Bell Bomber Plant in Marietta.

There are sev­eral ac­tiv­i­ties planned for Satur­day’s cel­e­bra­tion and re­mem­brance, in­clud­ing a Rosie The Riveter Rose Gar­den ded­i­ca­tion, an op­por­tu­nity to meet and talk with all the Rosie’s. Or try do­ing one of Rosie’s jobs. Learn to Swing Dance, there will be photo op­por­tu­ni­ties with the Rosie’s, and ac­tual WWII air­craft that Rosie worked on.

For the chil­dren there will be a 4-H Lego project and for ev­ery­one 1940’s mu­si­cal en­ter­tain­ment fur­nished by GI Jive.

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