Invisible Warriors: African American Women in WWII with filmmaker Gregory Cooke
February 17th at 7pm
Invisible Warriors features real pioneers – the first Black women to work in industry and government administrative service.
The film is an unforgettable conversation among a diverse group of African American “Rosie the Riveters” who recount what life was really like during World War II. They are hard working underdogs of high character who do battle and win. They fled lives as domestics and sharecroppers to empower themselves while working in war production and U.S. government offices.
These patriotic pioneers share their wartime memories, recounting their battles against racism at home, Nazism abroad, and sexism everywhere.
They represent 600,000 women like themselves who overcame the Great Depression, Jim Crow, sexual degradation, and workplace discrimination to break gender and racial barriers.
Black “Rosie the Riveters” were part of a sisterhood of 20 million women who built America’s “arsenal of democracy.” Without all of these women, the United States could not have won World War II.
Moderated by Jasmine Tolbert, President of Vancouver NAACP and 2021 Marshall Leadership Award Recipient
Sponsored by Paul and Debbie Speer in partnership with Humanities Washington