The Many Stories of Rosie The Riveter— Impact, History, and Power to Influence Generations

With Guest Ranger Raphael Allen, Rosie the Riveter National Park
Article submitted by Pat Beckner

Join the Orinda, Moraga and Lafayette Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) on Tuesday January 20, 2015 for a program examining the powerful role of women in the WWII workforce. The monthly branch meeting begins at 9:00 a.m. with a light continental breakfast, followed by a presentation at 9:30. Location: the beautiful Holy Trinity Serbian Church Cultural Center at 1700 School Street, Moraga, CA.

Guest speaker, Ranger Raphael Allen from the Rosie the Riveter National Park, will lead us through a historical recounting of Women in WWII—with special highlights surrounding “War Jobs for Women”, issues surrounding the shifting role of women during this era, and the critical role “Rosie” played—who she was, how she got started and why the branding eventually discontinued.

Come prepared to share your family’s own war stories. We’ll read wartime propaganda messages, considering how our elders might have chosen to respond. Women who were already in the paid workforce had different perspectives than did housewives who signed up just to ‘bring the boys home.’ What questions did they each raise when the war ended? And what do we understand now when we regard these many women side by side?

A native of Oakland and graduate of Stanford University, Ranger Raphael Allen co-taught Stanford’s first course in History of Men and Masculinity. He went on to work as an acquisition editor at both University of Michigan and Duke University Presses, where he acquired and developed titles in history, the social sciences, gender-studies, health and technology studies.

Four years ago, after 3 years of volunteer work for the National Park Service, he became an interpretive ranger in support of two East Bay sites: Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial (Concord) and Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park (Richmond). He assisted with the development of the Park’s permanent exhibits and 12 films, helps train docents to learn and share the historical literature, and also conducts programs for the public.

So, bring your friends, enjoy some refreshments and share in the camaraderie! For more information about the event, please feel free to email communication-publicity@aauwoml.org.

Community Announcements