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Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Woman worth admiring - Real Life Rosie


Hello.

This story has been heating up the internet, and it is a story about the 93 year old woman still working on a job she got into back in the WWII. 
She is the real life Rosie the Riveter.
Her name is

Elinor Otto.

THIS is Elinor Otto in 1942, as she joined the War Effort,
becoming one of the Original Rosie-girls.


When Elinor Otto entered an aircraft assembly factory during World War II, she never imagined that she would still be working as a Riveter more than 70 years later.
The 93-year-old first joined the workforce as a single mom in 1942, piecing together planes at Rohr Aircraft Corporation in Chula Vista to support the war effort.
But rather than dip out of work or take a traditionally 'female' job at the war's end like other 'Rosie the Riveter' women, Otto returned to the plane assembly line where she felt most productive.
She worked at the Ryan Aeronautical Co. in San Diego for 14 years, before moving to her current job at Long Beach's C-17 plant, the state's last large military aircraft production line.
'I'm a working person, I guess. I like to work. I like to be around people that work,' she told NBC News.
'I like to get up, get out of the house, get something accomplished during the day.'
She said retiring at the standard age was never an option, because she had to care for her son and mother, and she had 'endless energy'.
Although when Boeing finishes off its last contract for the cargo planes, she will probably have to call it a day.
While the Long Beach resident admits that riveting is not an occupation in which you'd expect to find an elderly woman, the work helps to keep her on her toes.
She is out of bed every morning at 4am and gets a coffee and newspaper, before starting work by 6am.
She parks as far away from the plant as possible so she can walk over - her morning exercise.
'Gotta keep moving!' she chirps.
The great grandmother's dedication and longevity have made her a local legend, with her boss admitting he sometimes turns to her for professional advice.
'She's an inspiration,' colleague Craig Ryba, a structural mechanic, said. 'She just enjoys working and enjoys life.'


Elinor Otto, 93, inserts rivets into the wing sections of C-17 cargo planes at a Californian Boeing plant 
- a job she's done since 1942


Otto, a great grandmother,
 has become a legend among her co-workers 
on the state's last large military aircraft production line


Otto was recently honored when Long Beach opened Rosie the Riveter Park next to the site of the former Douglas Aircraft Co. plant, where women worked during World War II, according to LA Times.
It celebrates not only the Rosie the Riveter era, but the later women's empowerment movement propelled by the slogan attached to the iconic Rosie wartime poster, 'We Can Do It!'
Otto is one of the original women who took up thousands of factory jobs vacated by men sent to fight overseas.


Otto works on the US Air Force Boeing C-17 Globemaster III cargo aircraft

In its heyday, the C-17 plant was fully staffed with a parking lot so big that workers put flags on their cars to find them in the sea of vehicles, Otto told LA Times.
Long Beach's aerospace industry has shrunk markedly since the war, causing production to dwindle and many jobs becoming more mechanized.
The fact that Otto kept her job well beyond retirement age when others were losing theirs is testament to her skill and legendary status.


When Otto joined a small group of women at Rohr Aircraft Corp. in Chula Vista during World War II, the bosses threatened to give demerits to the men who stood around trying to talk to her

However Otto overcame numerous hurdles on the way to fame.
LA Times reported Otto was newly single with a young son when she joined the war effort with her two sisters.
'During those days, we could hardly find an apartment that would let you rent with kids. My goodness, they're going to go to war someday and they can't even live in an apartment,' she said.
In her first job, she earned just 65 cents an hour - her son's childcare cost $20 a month.
Her male colleagues resented her at first, but eventually accepted that women could do the same job just as well - if not better.
Otto's grandson, John Perry, said his grandmother made history.
'You've saved American lives and you've been saving American lives your whole life,' Perry said he told Otto.
'It's a powerful story, a positive story, and one hell of a tribute to the female work force.'
While Otto expects she will retire soon, she admits her energy is boundless.



'When I go to heaven,' she laughed. 'I hope God keeps me busy!'

Now, THAT honestly is a Woman Worth Admiring!
By the way: I adore her jewelry. 
♥♥ Pinky Honey

6 comments:

  1. What a lovely story! I honestly haven't heard about this before now. She sure is an inspiration and a woman to admire! I wish you a great day, dear!

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    1. It is so nice to hear I brought something interesting to you, Annie.
      Elinor's story hit me like a brick - the good way. It left me speechless, mesmerized. She is a woman with such strength (both in terms of fitness and spirit), she is truly inspiring to all of us. Her life story should be much more than simply an
      internet article in the "entertainment" section.
      She deserves everyone's praise.. real life Wonder Woman.

      Marija

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  2. Wow, I didn´t know that she is still working! She looked like a starlet on this portrait in 1942, so pretty!

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    1. Oh, yes, she is working.
      As unbelievable as it may sound, Elinor is 93 and still working - there's a living proof that a woman is capable to achieve anything if she puts her mind to it.
      She was pretty, wasn't she? That's why I posted that picture first. :)

      Have a lovely day, dear Susan.
      Marija

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  3. I haven't been online a lot lately, and this story hadn't crossed my radar yet. It is so wonderfully fascinating - and deeply inspiring. Dedication means a great deal to me, and Elinor is truly as dedicated as the come. I wish I could have the honour of siting down with her for a day to learn from her wisdom of age and to be regaled with awesome tales of the past. She's just as cool as they come - thank you very much for posting about her, dear gal.

    Tons of hugs,
    ♥ Jessica

    *PS* That is so wonderful about your gorgeous emerald hued cocktail dress. It really was meant to be yours!

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    1. Hey there.
      I guess I caught up with this story pretty fast - I was that lucky.
      If you ever get the chance to sit down with someone like Elenore, make sure to put it on film, and post it for all of us to see; because those women deserve to be heard. Their amazing life stories and the amount of experience they must have gathered deserve a documentary.
      Oh, and: thank you.. I guess the dress was destined for me. :)

      Hugs,
      Marija

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