This article on the recent Rosie the Riveter convention in Phoenix, AZ is a gem. So many excellent facts:
1. There exists an American Rosie the Riveter Association.
2. Daughters of Rosies are called Rosebuds
3. Sons and husbands of Rosies are called Rivets
5. There is such a thing as the Female Cowboy Poet Society.
In seriousness, Rosies, like any group of people from that era, are a dwindling bunch and opportunities to hear their stories are consequently dwindling.
A few years ago, I worked on a documentary about women at the University of Chicago (which opened as a co-ed institution in 1892). I interviewed female alums from every decade since the 40s, and there’s something pretty inspiring about the bonds that people form when they are, for whatever reason, the “other” in a larger community.
Oh to be a fly on the wall of the Rosie the Riveter convention! Maybe next year!
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