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November 12, 2007 Ideas With Attitude
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Rosie's legacy

By Georgie Bright Kunkel

Ken Burns' documentary "The War" has sparked renewed interest in the so-called Good War, World War II. It brought me back to those years when The Saturday Evening Post covers were created by Norman Rockwell, the people's artist. One cover, reminding us of the women who replaced the men who were drafted, was that of Rosie the Riveter. Rockwell showed her in caricature mode with her short sleeves displaying brawny muscles and her rivet gun across her lap. During the 1940s, Rosies were not to be taken as serious replacements for males who had dominated so-called "men's work" over the years.

My Rosie experience was working at a small plant in Chehalis, Washington where I drilled holes in wing panels for the B-17 bomber. These holes had to be drilled with no guide. We just eye-balled it and hoped that they were perfect.

Toward the end of one evening shift in August of 1945 the loud speaker came on and a voice announced, "The war is over. You can all go home." And we threw down our tools and left, never to come back.

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