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Rosie the Riveter - "We Can Do It!"   

In-Person Class:  The Elderwise classroom at the Vineyard Church.


‘We Can Do It’ became the rallying cry for millions of women during World War II who had, until this time period, never envisioned working on an industrial assembly line building the weapons of war. Rosie the Riveter was the star of a campaign aimed at recruiting female workers for defense industries, and she became an iconic image of working women. Join presenter Claire Kitchin Dahl of the Yankee Air Museum to learn the incredible history of the Willow Run B-24 Bomber Plant and the teamwork of the powerful Detroit automotive industry. Claire will share the dramatic and vital roles played by women as they showed the nation that they were willing and able to fill the work force gaps caused by men going into military service. This class is in partnership with a tour at the Yankee Air Museum on Thursday, May 11 (see TO43).

Claire Kitchin Dahl began her teaching career in 1971 and retired from Ann Arbor Pioneer High School in 2009. Armed with a master’s degree in women's studies, she has always championed the strong women in American history. Claire volunteers as a Tribute Rosie at the Yankee Air Museum.


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