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OUR OWN ROSIE THE RIVETER

Ana Padilla

 

March 24, 2017

ANA PADILLA, one of the original "Rosies"

The pressing issues in modern-day cultures change throughout time. What may be common now, wasn't so a generation ago. With everything that changes, it takes people willing to step up and be the change they want to see. Hence, the popular quote, "Be the change you want to see in the world" by Gandhi (1869-1948). A major transformation started during World War II, in which, women started taking over male jobs when there was a shortage of workers during the war. Before this time, it was common for a women to simply be known as a "housewife," a bearer of children and caretaker of a household. When women started acquiring jobs in factories, trade, and offices, it created a ripple of new experiences for them, resulting in them becoming more independent.

During this time, an icon was created in the United States to inspire and represent American women who stepped up and took jobs outside the home. "Rosie the Riveter" was a poster that was plastered all around the country with the popular quote, "We can do it!" accompanied by a woman rolling up her right sleeve and flexing her bicep muscle. This was a sign of empowerment to women and motivation for them to try things not previously done by their gender.

Makaylee Boergadine

PADILLA TODAY AT HER HOME AT NAVAJO DAM

Ana Padilla was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico. What separates Mrs. Padilla from the others is her choice of work during the 1970's and 1980's. Padilla became the first women union ironworker in the state of New Mexico. Padilla then wrote a book about her struggles and victories, "Maidin Iron," which can now be found throughout the Four Corners area; Aztec, Farmington, and Bloomfield libraries, and also at the Wines of the San Juan. "Maidin Irion" has won the award of second place in Los Angeles' "Latino Books to Movies" competition. Talking with Padilla, she wrote this book to inspire young women to stand up for themselves, "to never quit when times get tough." Padilla further wanted to tell women to "never give up on a dream or aspiration because of our gender," which is still prudent advice as women continue to break the ranks in men dominated jobs and activities. Mrs. Padilla is honored to be one of the many women who represented what "Rosie" stood, and continues to stands, for.

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