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'Rosie the Riveter' is looking for women of WWII

 

Special to The Dispatch

 

 

The American Rosie the Riveter Association is preparing to celebrate its 20th anniversary in New Orleans June 1-3. The organization of women who worked to support the war effort during World War II is seeking out other women who worked on the home front. 

 

The association founded in 1998 by Frances Carter of Birmingham, Alabama, has a membership of almost 6,000. 

 

Many women worked as riveters, welders, electricians and plant inspectors during the war. They sewed clothing and parachutes for the military, rolled bandages, provided clerical support and went to work on farms, shared ARRA member Mabel Myrick of Kimberly, Alabama. 

 

"We are trying to locate as many of these Greatest Generation women as we possibly can," Myrick said. "These women are now in their 90s, and we would like to have as many of them as possible in attendance." 

 

Many others worked as volunteers collecting scrap metals and other critical materials.  

 

Women who worked during World War II -- or descendants of women who worked during the war -- are encouraged to join the patriotic, nonprofit organization whose purpose is to recognize and preserve the history and legacy of such women and participate in the 20th anniversary.  

 

Applications for membership and other information are available at rosietheriverter.net, or email Myrick at mm041926@aol.com.

 

 

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