From segregation to social change, how the Rosie the Riveter era fit into a century's arc

March 24, 2016

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Rosie the Riveter poster, from World War II era

Mary Kay Magistad

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How the Rosie the Riveter era changed America: an African-American woman's story

While America still has far to go in reducing racism, we've come a long way. Over almost a century of life, Betty Soskin has lived through segregation, the civil rights era and Black Lives Matter. As the nation's oldest park ranger, she reflects on how the needs of the nation during World War II helped speed social change — not just for women but also for African Americans.