Rosalind P. Walter, 95, First ‘Rosie the Riveter’ and a PBS Funder, Dies
Recent obituary from The New York Times honoring the iconic Rosalind P. Walter, the very first Rosie the Riveter. Rest in Peace, Rosie.
Rosalind P. Walter grew up in a wealthy and genteel Long Island home. Yet when the United States entered World War II, she chose to join millions of other women in the home-front crusade to arm the troops with munitions, warships and aircraft.
She worked the night shift driving rivets into the metal bodies of Corsair fighter planes at a plant in Connecticut — a job that had almost always been reserved for men. A newspaper column about her inspired a morale-boosting 1942 song that turned her into the legendary Rosie the Riveter, the archetype of the hard-working women in overalls and bandanna-wrapped hair who kept the military factories humming.
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