Saturday, August 12, 2017 9:00 AM – Sunday, August 13, 2017 5:00 PM
During World War II women from every background took jobs in war production industries across the country. Collectively nicknamed "Rosie the Riveter," these women helped build ships, tanks, planes and munitions of every size for the Allied armed forces. Women were inspired to take these jobs based on economic need and patriotic feelings. Locally, more than 8,000 women worked in the Boston Navy Yard as welders, painters, machinists, clerks, electrician's helpers, and more. With the arrival of peace, wartime production levels were no longer needed in shipyards and factories. Most industrial centers stopped production lines and retooled for manufacturing peacetime consumer goods. Many of the workers who helped win the war lost their jobs. This two-day celebration explores and celebrates the work these "Rosie the Riveters" did during World War II and the legacy they pass down to us today.