A WWII ‘Rosie’ takes on new struggle making pandemic masks

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Mae Krier, 95, of Levittown, Pa., an original “Rosie the Riveter,” poses for a portrait in her home in Levittown, Pa., on Wednesday, July 28, 2021. Krier spent her time building airplanes for Boeing during World War II which earned her the title of Rosie the Riveter. She spent years getting other Rosies recognized.”It is important for women to go after what they want or like because they are just as capable as a man,” Krier said. (Tyger Williams/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)

LEVITTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Having helped vanquish the Nazis during World War II, Mae Krier, 95, of Levittown, Bucks County, went to work fighting COVID-19.

Krier is an original “Rosie the Riveter,” a catchall referencing the women who flooded factories and shipyards during World War II to build the planes, ships, and bombs needed to thwart Hitler’s Germany and a bellicose Japan.

An actual riveter at the Boeing Aircraft Co. in Seattle starting in 1943, she for years sewed Rosie bandannas while lobbying for recognition for her sisters in armaments.

When the pandemic hit, Krier switched to making masks with the same distinctive look, harnessing the World War II can-do spirit.

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