Original ‘Rosie the Riveter’ empowers Air Force women in STEM

By Greg Pallone, Reporter
Last Updated: Friday, February 09, 2018, 5:53 PM EST

In Brevard County, one of the women who broke barriers helping the U.S. win World War II visited Melbourne this week.

  • One of original 'Rosie the Riveters' visits Melbourne
  • Mae Krier, 92, wants to encourage women to be in STEM

Mae Krier was a featured speaker at the US Air Force Women in Science and Engineering Symposium.

She was one of the original Rosie's, who along with some 16 million women, broke gender stereotypes by working in factories and building military essentials during war-time.

The women did work that had been exclusive for men, until there was a need for as many people as possible to bolster the war effort.

The 92-year old was in town promoting the idea of 21st Century women working in STEM careers.

"We were the first women, up until then it was a man's world," Krier said. "And when they found out how capable American women were, it was amazing. I just love what those women did."

Krier led a campaign to get a national day of recognition for Rosie the Riveter.

She also was invited to watch this week's SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket launch.