2019 Speaker Series

March 24, 2019

Beyond the Bicep: The Real Story of Rosie the Riveter

Amanda Goodheart Parks, Ph.D.


Her image has adorned everything from lunchboxes to lampshades, but what is the real story of Rosie the Riveter? Together we’ll trace her journey from propaganda poster to feminist icon while uncovering the history of the real life Rosies who not only inspired that infamous bicep, but whose work in wartime industries helped secure an Allied victory during World War II.

Amanda Goodheart Parks has studied the history of women and gender for more than a decade. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2018, and has an extensive career working as a public historian, museum educator, and historical interpreter at museums and historical organizations throughout New England. She currently serves as the Director of Education at the New England Air Museum where she works to inspire the next generation of aviators and aviation enthusiasts.


The lecture will be at 1:00 p.m. the day of the event.

Museum Members Free - General public $20.00 (includes admission to the Museum)

Seating is limited so please order early. If there are any seats open on the day of the event, they will be available on a first-come basis. If you have any questions, please call the Museum at (860) 623-3305.

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