During the Second World War, more than 18 million women worked in Richmond’s thriving shipyards, which built more than 747 vessels for the war effort.
The women, collectively known as “Rosie the Riveters,” worked in jobs previously reserved for men. Since the war, “Rosie” has become an iconic American symbol of female independence and strength.
The Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park opened in Richmond in 2000. Five of Richmond’s original “Rosies,” now all in their nineties, volunteer in the park. This is their story.