Published August 29, 2016

‘Beyond Rosie the Riveter’

UNC’s Turk to present College’s annual Labor Day Lecture
  • Scholar Katherine Turk will explore “Beyond Rosie the Riveter: How Labor Union Women Changed American History” at the ninth annual Monmouth College Labor Day Lecture.
The impact of American cultural icon “Rosie the Riveter” on U.S. labor will be discussed at this year’s Monmouth College Labor Day Lecture.

Scholar Katherine Turk will explore “Beyond Rosie the Riveter: How Labor Union Women Changed American History” at the ninth annual Monmouth College Labor Day Lecture. Her talk will be at 7 p.m. Sept. 5 in the Whiteman-McMillan Highlander Room of Stockdale Center. Sponsored by the Monmouth history department, the talk is free and open to the public.

Turk, who teaches history and women’s and gender studies at the University of North Carolina, is the author of the recent book Equality on Trial: Gender and Rights in the Modern American Workplace. It examines how sex equality law has remade the world of work, eroding some inequalities and affirming others.

One of the cultural icons of the home front during World War II, “Rosie the Riveter” promoted the idea that all Americans had a part in the war effort, and that women working in factories and shipyards were essential to the success of soldiers on the battlefield.

Turk was educated in Chicago, receiving her undergraduate degree from Northwestern University and her master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Chicago.
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