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Segregation During The Era Of Rosie The Riveter

From the Storycorps booth

If you've ever visited the Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park on the Richmond waterfront, chances are you have heard of its most celebrated ranger.

 At age 97, Betty Reid Soskin is the country's oldest park ranger. The talks she gives several times a week pack the house, and she has helped to shape the scope of the museum though her personal recollections. During the war, Soskin was a clerk in a Jim Crow union near the Richmond shipyards. It was a time of segregation, a time when not all women could become Rosies. 


Betty Reid Soskin: I knew that what gets remembered is a function of who's in the room doing the remembering.

A new documentary film, “No Time To Waste,” capturing Betty Reid Soskin’s urgent mission will be shown on Monday, September 23, at the Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park.

This story first aired in April of 2016. 

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Colin was a 2014-2015 Audio Academy intern and is currently training as an as-needed board operator / announcer. He is a producer for Philosophy Talk, #FSFSF, and My Mixtape here at KALW. When not making radio, Colin plays in bands, some of which are louder than others.