Some real Rosie the Riveters gave a living history lesson about women’s work during World War II to high school students for an oral history project.
At North Eugene High School in Oregon, members of the American Rosie the Riveter Association told teens of their own teenage years when they built airplanes for the war effort.
During World War II, women comprised about 40 percent of the US workforce, says Yvonne Fassold, president of the American Rosie the Riveter Association. And like other people who were teens and adults during that era, the women are passing away at a fast rate. This is why North Eugene social studies teacher Eric Suchman invited the Rosies to speak to his class.
Suchman’s students prepared questions and recorded interviews with the 15 women, who are mostly in their 90s. The Rosies wore “We Can Do It” shirts and polka dot scarves. The students will write about the experiences of each woman.
“I just want to say thank you for your time and for all you’ve done for this country,” said 16 uear old Kiersten Sparks to Opal Nelson, 93. “It truly is amazing.”
With a big smile, Nelson gave Sparks a hug for her kind words. “It’s an honor that you’re interested,” Nelson replied, giving Sparks a hug.