Elizabeth Michaels will play Rosie the Riveter in a live one-woman show titled “We Can Do It” 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 7 at the Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum.
Admission is free, and refreshments will be provided.
“Rosie the Riveter” is an American cultural icon who represents the millions of women who went to work in aircraft, munitions and other factories after men went off to fight in World War II. The name is typically associated with a motivational poster depicting a woman in a bandana and work shirt rolling up her sleeve.
The program examines the difficulties these women experienced at each end of the conflict: the physical and mental challenges of taking on “men’s jobs” such as welding, riveting and assembly line work during the war effort, and the difficulties many experienced when they returned to their traditionally female roles once the war ended and the men returned home.
Michaels’ Rosie the Riveter shows the characteristic strength and grace under pressure for which this American archetype is famous, according to show organizers.
The program is funded by the Horizons Speakers Bureau of the New Jersey Council for the Humanities,a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. It is produced by the American Historical Theater, a nonprofit organization specializing in first-person living history presentations.
The NASW Aviation Museum is at the Cape May County Airport, 500 Forrestal Road, Lower Township. For information call 609-886-8787 or see usnasw.org.