Richmond teens learn about Rosie the Riveter through creation of documentary

Oakland Tribune
Monday, April 13, 2009

Many women entered the work force for the first time in the 1940s, filling factory jobs vacated by men fighting in World War II. The ladies rolled up their sleeves for a full days’ work, usually for less money than the men and with families waiting at home.

Their contributions ushered in a new era that paved the way toward equal rights for women.

With the help of the national Student Conservation Association, the National Park Service and Richmond’s YouthWorks, four Richmond teens have set out to educate the public about the famous “Rosie the Riveter” women who sweated in World War II shipyard and manufacturing jobs previously held by men. Their efforts will culminate with a 15-minute documentary to be unveiled to the public Saturday.

The all-female crew - made up of Kennedy High students Sara Moran, 16, and Maria Esparza, 17, and Richmond High students Veronica Godinez, 18, and Crystal Johnson, 18 - has for seven months been filming at the Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park in Richmond and other places. Continue Reading

Coverage also ran in: San Garbiel Valley Tribune, Contra Costa Times, and the Whitier Daily News