Rosie the Riveter in Long Beach

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Gerrie Schipske
Arcadia Publishing, 2008 - 128 páginas
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During World War II, an unprecedented number of women
took jobs at aircraft plants, shipyards, munitions factories, and other concerns across the nation to produce material essential to winning the war. Affectionately and collectively called aRosie the Rivetera after a popular 1943 song, thousands of these women came to the U.S. Armyafinanced Douglas Aircraft Plant in Long Beach, the largest wartime plane manufacturer, to help produce an astonishing number of the aircraft used in the war. They riveted,
welded, assembled, and installed, doing man-sized jobs, making attack bombers, other war birds, and cargo transports. They trained at Long Beach City Schools and worked 8- and 10-hour shifts in a windowless, bomb-proof plant. Their children attended Long Beach Day Nursery, and their households ran on rations and victory gardens. When the men came home after the war ended, most of these resilient women lost their jobs.
 

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Acknowledgments
6
Recruiting Women Workers
31
Rosie Comes to Long Beach California
51
Rosie Builds Airplanes in Long Beach
65
A Womans Work Is Never Done
105
Celebrating Rosie the Riveter
119
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Long Beach city councilwoman and author Gerrie Schipske has taught in the Women's Studies Department of California State University, Long Beach. Many rare images in this evocative look at an extraordinary group of American women came from her research to establish Rosie the Riveter Park in 2006 on an acre beside the former Douglas Aircraft Plant in Long Beach.

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