February 19th, 2014
I love family history and one of my favorite tidbits involves how my father’s side ended up in Cecil County. Like so many other struggling Appalachian families, they came to Elkton after hearing about well-paying work available at munitions factories like Triumph. My grandmother came first, renting a small room with other young women at the Kitty Knight House. As she sent money home, the rest of the family was able to follow, get jobs, and start a new life. In all, my grandmother, great-grandmother, and great aunt were employed as real-life “Rosie the Riveters.” Though the work was grueling and exceptionally dangerous, it also provided them with opportunities previously unavailable to women and paved the way to a better life.
I’ve loved learning more about women’s varied wartime roles through amazing books like Code Name Verity and Restless and shows like Bomb Girls and The Bletchley Circle. Wednesday, March 5th, you’ll find me at the Elkton Central Library learning more about women wartime factory workers with the wonderful “A History Alive Production: Rosie the Riveter” program. Award-winning actress Mary Ann Jung will portray the real-life Rosie, based on Rose Leigh Monroe, who worked for the largest factory in the world. Ms. Jung will give entertaining insight into the lives of women and men involved in the war effort. I can’t wait to learn more about what life might have been like for the women in my family.
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