Invisible Warriors: African American Women in World War II

Sunday, April 23rd, 2:30 pm via Zoom

Invisible Warriors: African American Women in World War II is a feature-length documentary illuminating 600,000 Black women — Rosie the Riveters — industrial and government employees who triumphed over racism, sexism, and classism to help win the war. Their wartime service and patriotism ushered in a new era and expectations for African American women. In Invisible Warriors, Professor Gregory S. Cooke, filmmaker and historian, uses HD interviews and archival photos and film to document eight Rosies and their lives during the Great Depression, including their education, social, and economic conditions. The documentary explores the Rosies’ patriotism, their jobs and working conditions, racial violence and resistance, and the larger political context that created their employment opportunities. Ultimately, the African American Rosies’ wartime employment was a positive economic, political, and social experience. Arguably, Black Rosies are the most significant group of African American women of the 20th Century.

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