Betty Reid Soskin

Betty Reid Soskin’s Presentation At The Rosie The Riveter National Park

On May 30, 2019, I got to witness Betty Reid Soskin give a presentation on the civilian perspective of the construction of naval ships, during World War II, at the Rosie the Riveter National Park. Betty Soskin worked as an administrator in a segregated workplace within the former Kaiser Shipyards.

Betty explained that she, and other African Americans, were not permitted to fraternize with caucasian ship workers during the beginning of the war. However, conditions eventually improved when whites began to accept African Americans in the social circles from 1943 to the end of the war in 1945.

Author’s Note:

In February 2018, Betty Soskin released her memoir, “Sign My Name To Freedom”. Betty Soskin is currently the oldest U.S. Park Ranger in the United States of America.

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