MISSION: Rosie the Riveter Trust celebrates the stories of sacrifice, opportunity, and profound social change that took place in America during World War II. As the official nonprofit partner of Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park located in Richmond, California, we help honor the strong work ethic of people from all backgrounds who worked on the home front. Through historic preservation and educational programming, we inspire people to learn from history and apply those lessons in today's world.
Over six million women took on jobs by the end of the war, and by 1945, they made up almost 37% of the workforce, up from 27% in 1940. Their contributions were crucial to the war effort. The aircraft industry alone was made up of 65% women.
The lasting impact of women entering the job force en masse can be seen in the more proportionate ratio of women in the workforce today - however, we continue to see a lack of representation in the STEM industries (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) - and it's not for lack of desire. We strive to harness the "We can do it!" attitude to encourage girls and women to follow their dreams into whatever field it leads them.
Via the visitors to our Visitor's Center at the Rosie the Riveter / World War II Historical National Park every year, and the youth that pass through our educational programs, we hope to inspire curiosity and conversations about your own personal histories and the possibilities your actual interests mean for any future careers you desire.
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