The wartime image of Rosie the Riveter—a working woman serving sleeves-up on the Home Front—has become an icon for strong women across many US industries. During World War II, millions of those "Rosies" blazed a path by taking factory jobs traditionally occupied by men. More than 80 years later, women are now leaders in industries and fields that were only dreamed of before and during World War II.
Join The National WWII Museum as we pay tribute to these women and commemorate National Rosie the Riveter Day by hearing from local, modern-day trailblazers about their experiences in the workforce, with a historical overview given by Kim Guise, Senior Curator and Director of Curatorial Services.
Moderator and panelist information:
- Moderator: April Dupre, Anchor at WWL-TV and Founder of Footprints to Fitness
- Sonia Perez, President AT&T Southeast States and Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees of The National WWII Museum
- Cynthia Lee Sheng, Jefferson Parish President
- Dr. Kiki Baker Barnes, Interim Commissioner of the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference and Athletic Director of Dillard University
- Colonel Sheila Varnado, USA, Ret., President of the Advisory Committee to the USO and the African American Military History Museum, Hattiesburg, MS
- Anne Teague Landis, CEO of Landis Construction
- Adrinda Kelly, Executive Director of be NOLA - Black Education for New Orleans
- Jennifer Boland-Masterson, Director, Michoud Operations Space Launch Center for Boeing