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Women of Steel

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The character of “Rosie the Riveter” as a feminist symbol and World War II icon is irrevocably ingrained in the American psyche. “Rosie” represented the revolutionary influx of female workers into traditionally male factory jobs at the onset of World War II. One of the most prominent jobs women took on during the war was that of a steelworker.

The Center for Social Justice & Civil Liberties is proud to present our upcoming film showing of Women of Steel. The film examines the women who entered the nation’s steel mills in the 1970s, believing it was a ticket out of traditionally low-paying “women’s jobs” and an opportunity for economic independence. Regrettably, any gains for women were short-lived. Women of Steel evaluates the disastrous effects of wide-sweeping layoffs and plant closings had on women and families, affirmative action plans, and the union movement. This important historical documentary has an eerie relevance to women’s place in the American economy today.

The showing of Women of Steel will take place on December 1st at the Center for Social Justice & Civil Liberties. There will be two showtimes of the film: 6:15 & 7:45pm. It is free admission and seating is limited. We hope to see you there!


Bernice Daunora, 31, a member of a steel mill’s “top gang” who must wear a “one hour, lightweight breathing apparatus” as protection against gas escaping from blast furnaces, Gary, Ind., 1943.


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