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Rosie the Riveteer WWII Home Front Memorial (rosie_01) by Rich Gibson

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Rich Gibson Rich Gibson
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0.13 Gigapixels
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Date added
May 25, 2008
Date taken
May 24, 2008
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Gigapan with Canon S5IS

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25% of the shipyard workers on the west coast during WWII were women.

We are still living in the aftereffects of the social changes that came from WWII.

During WWII the defense department outlawed racial discrimination in defense contractors. We didn't have that in the civilian world for a long time.

The post war dislocation was massive, and there was a passive, perhaps even active, attempt to push the lessons learned back into the memory hole.

It was okay for Rosie to rivet and weld and lay plate during the war, but she was supposed to quietly go back home and bake cookies once the men came home.

It almost worked. But people don't forget.


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