Original Rosie the Riveters visit Tulsa

TULSA, Okla. — A group of original Rosie the Riveters from World War Two are inspiring a new generation of young girls in Tulsa.

The Rosies held their annual convention in Tulsa for the first time.

They gathered at the Tulsa Air and Space Museum and shared their stories with Girl Scouts from 7 different troops across Green Country.

Eight original Rosie the Riveters from across the US were there, including Tulsa’s own Rosie – 100 year old Marina Metevelis.

“Us girls can do it let them all see if we care,” said Metevelis.

The Rosies are women who took on what were traditionally men’s jobs, building planes, tanks and warships, during World War 2.

They are named after the iconic picture of the red polka dot bandana wearing worker.

“Older men Thought oh women can’t do this and now they’re hiring girls… girls are gonna build airplanes? Haha…girls built airplanes and they did a darn good job,” said Metevelis.

Around 6 million women made up a large part of the American work force during the war and paved the way for generations of women that followed.

The Girl Scouts said the Rosies are inspirational.

“I want to be just like them and take charge of my community and lead them to great things,” said Girl Scout Mia.

“I don’t think I would be able to have that kind of job if it wasn’t for these ladies who did it way back when,” said Girl Scout Ren.

The Tulsa Air and Space Museum has the first official Rosie the Riveter Rose Garden in Oklahoma, according to Tonya Blansett, Executive Director at the Museum.

“Those young girls are getting to hear those stories and they’re getting to shake those hands and they’re looking into the eyes of the women that made it possible for them to also go in the work force and be engineers to be airplane mechanics,” said Blansett.

The Rosies are passing their message of dedication and hard work onto the next generation by once again saying – We Can Do It!

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