A Man’s World But Nothing Without A “Woman”

If we were to look around for women who are currently leading in roles previously considered those of males we need look no further than our own North Carolina State Federation President, Marybe McMillan. She has become one of the most effective leaders in the AFL-CIO. She has proven that it may have been a “Man’s World”. But you ain’t seen nothing until the leader is a “Woman” or a girl.

Throughout the month of March we will pause to recognize the role that women play in every aspect of our day to day lives. Women are no longer just staying at home and keeping the children, cooking, cleaning and waiting for their “Man” to walk through the door so they can hand them the daily newspaper and ask how their day went. Today in this nation’s women represent at least 50% of the American labor force. Throughout this website you will find post and pages that depict the many accomplishments and contributions women have made since the beginning of our existence. It may be a “Man’s World” but it truly would be nothing without a “Woman” or a girl.

Fact: A record number of women were elected to the United States House of Representatives during the Mid-Term elections in November of 2018. These women were diverse in there ideologies, religion, age and race and were primarily members of the Democratic Party. We are proud of the courage and determination displayed by them.

(CNN) Jan. 23, 2018 — The woman believed to be the “real” Rosie the Riveter died Saturday at age 96, according to her daughter-in-law Marnie Blankenship. Naomi Parker Fraley, who Blankenship says died in hospice care, was not recognized as the inspiration for the famous World War II era poster until 2015. During World War II, Fraley was a factory worker at Alameda Naval Station, according to CNN affiliate KATU. She was one of millions of women across the United States who filled the labor force during the war. While Fraley was working a press photographer approached her to take her picture, Blankenship said. Over 60 years later, Fraley attended a convention for women who, like Rosie the Riveter, worked during the war. There, said Blankenship, Fraley saw a photograph promoted as the likely inspiration behind the iconic image of Rosie the Riveter in the “We can do it” poster. Blankenship says Fraley immediately recognized the picture as the one the photographer captured of her all those years ago. But the picture was credited as being of another woman: Geraldine Hoff Doyle.

Doyle had previously been known as the real Rosie. According to Seton Hall University Professor James J. Kimble, Doyle’s identity as Rosie the Riveter began when the photograph of the woman in the factory was first released as the most likely inspiration for Rosie. Kimble says Doyle recognized her likeness in the picture — and the propaganda poster it inspired — and her resemblance was accepted in reports as the origin of Rosie the Riveter. But in 2015 Kimble’s years of research into the iconic image revealed the original photograph with a caption that named the woman as Naomi Parker. Even when she found out that Dr. Kimble’s research claims that she was likely a face of both World War II propaganda and subsequent feminist movements, Blankenship says Fraley didn’t make a big deal of it. “She didn’t think she did anything special,” said Blankenship. “A lot of women did what she did. She just wanted her picture corrected.”

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