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(PATRIOTIC MUSIC) AS THE DEMAND FOR

[Grace Brown: A Real-Life 'Rosie the Riveter]

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MEN WAS AS LIMITLESS AS GLOBAL BOUNDARIES, THIS PUNCH PRESS STALWICK WAS BUT ONE OF THOUSANDS NEEDED AT THE FRONT, AND THAT'S WHERE HE IS RIGHT NOW. RELEASED WITH OTHERS BY AMERICAN WOMEN WORKERS" MORE THAN 6-MILLION WOMEN LEFT THEIR TRADITIONAL ROLES AT THE START OF WWII, STEPPING UP TO THE MONUMENTAL TASK OF MANUFACTURING EVERYTHING THAT WAS NEEDED, TO LEAD THE UNITED STATES AND IT'S ALLIES TO VICTORY.

TO LEAD THE UNITED STATES AND IT'S ALLIES TO VICTORY.

"EMMY LOU SPELLANE, A COLLEGE GIRL, NOW MAKES PIN TESTS OF THE STEEL AS IT COMES FROM THE FURNACES." (MUSIC) (MUSIC) "ISN'T THIS PRETTY HOT FOR YOU, MISS SPELLANE?" "WELL IT GETS KIND OF HOT AROUND A KITCHEN STOVE TOO...I'VE NEVER THOUGHT OF THAT." "YES, AND IT GETS PRETTY HOT OUT THERE IN THE SOUTH PACIFIC. I SEE WHAT YOU MEAN." I'M LEARNING A LOT ABOUT GARLAND THAT I DIDN'T KNOW.

WELL, YOU KNOW, THEY STUCK YOU OVER IN FORT WORTH, SO YOU DIDN'T KNOW ALL OF THIS WAS GOING ON OVER HERE." THEIR COURAGE AND SACRIFICE IS BEING RECOGNIZED IN A SPECIAL EXHIBIT. "MANUFACTURING VICTORY, THE ARSENAL OF DEMOCRACY," ON DISPLAY AT GARLAND CITY HALL THROUGH AUGUST 15.

THE 1,500 SQ. FT. EXHIBIT INCLUDES ARTIFACTS, PHOTOGRAPHS, ORAL HISTORIES AND INTERACTIVE COMPONENTS TO ILLUSTRATE THE INDUSTRIAL JOURNEY TO PREPARE OUR NATION FOR WAR.

"WELL I THINK IT'S WONDERFUL THAT IT'S HERE.' 100-YEAR-OLD GRACE JANOTA BROWN FROM MESQUITE IS AMONG ONLY A FEW WOMEN WHO CAN STILL SHARE THEIR STORY.

"I WORKED FOR HELEN CORBITT AT THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS TEA ROOM, AND I DID EVERYTHING SHE WANTED ME TO DO." "LAUGHS, THE TEA ROOM WAS TAKEN OVER BY THE NAVY ACADEMY. THEY NEEDED A PLACE A MESS HALL FOR THE NAVY BOYS.

"DEMOCRACY IS IN A JAM. THERE ARE MILLIONS LIKE HER." "THERE WILL HAVE TO BE. 18-MILLION AREN'T ENOUGH." "AS MORE MEN ARE CALLED FOR MILITARY SERVICE, THEIR PLACES MUST BE TAKEN BY WOMEN." BUT ON THE ONSET OF WAR, SHE FOUND HERSELF WITHOUT A JOB.

"FIRST I WENT TO SCHOOL TO BECOME A MACHINIST." "AND THE SCHOOL WAS IN WACO, TEXAS, BUT THE FIRST THING THEY GAVE US TO DO WAS TO MAKE OUR OWN BED FRAME OUT OF STEEL." AFTER COMPLETING HER TRAINING, GRACE WAS HIRED AS A MACHINIST AT CONSOLIDATED AIRCRAFT IN FORT WORTH, TEXAS. SHE MADE ENGINE PARTS FOR BOMBERS.

"WAS THE WORK PHYSICALLY DIFFICULT? WHAT WAS IT LIKE?" IT AS NOT PHYSICALLY DIFFICULT EXCEPT FOR ONE THING.

I HAD TO PICK UP LARGE PIECES OF STEEL, WHICH WERE HEAVY TO PUT IN THE CHUCK FOR MY MACHINE, PART. "SO DID YOU BUILD UP SOME ARM MUSCLES?" YEAH I DID. I THINK I DID MAKE MUSCLES...LAUGHS.

WHILE AT CONSOLIDATED, OFFICE OF WAR INFORMATION PHOTOGRAPHER HOWARD HOLLOM TOOK A SERIES OF ICONIC KODACHROME PHOTOS OF HER. THEY ARE NOW PART OF THE "MANUFACTURING VICTORY" EXHIBIT AT THE NATIONAL WWII MUSEUM IN NEW ORLEANS.

"I DIDN'T REALIZE THAT I WAS DOING AN IMPORTANT JOB." "EXCEPT THAT I KNEW I WAS TAKING THE PART OF THE A "GUY, THE GUY THAT WAS WORKING THERE BEFORE." I JUST TOOK OVER HIS JOB, BUT I DIDN'T FEEL LIKE IT WAS THAT IMPORTANT." NEARBY GRACE'S PHOTO AT THE EXHIBIT IS J. HOWARD MILLER'S ICONIC "WE CAN DO IT" ROSIE THE RIVETER POSTER REPRESENTING THE MILLIONS OF WOMEN WHO ENTERED THE WORKFORCE TO FILL THE POSITIONS OF THOSE WHO WENT OFF TO WAR.

"AND SHE CAN HAVE IT TOO...TIL JOHNNY COMES MARCHING HOME AGAIN." AND THOUGH SHE DIDN'T WORK AS A RIVETER, SHE KNOWS AND THOUGH SHE DIDN'T WORK AS A RIVETER, SHE KNOWS THAT HER WORK WAS VITAL TO THE WAR EFFORT.

I COULD WATCH THE GIRLS DO THE RIVETING. LAUGHS.

WHILE I WAS WORKING AT THE CONSOLIDATE AIRCRAFT.

"IT HAPPENED THAT A WOMAN'S DELICATE TOUCH ENABLED HER EVEN TO EXCEL MEN IN CERTAIN PRECISION OPERATIONS." NOW SHE IS ONE OF THE FEW WHO CAN STILL SHARE THE STORIES OF HARD WORK AND SACRIFICE THAT SHE AND MILLIONS OF OTHER WOMEN HAD EXPERIENCE DURING THE WAR, BRINGING CHANGER FOR THEIR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN. "I JUST THINK WOMEN CAN DO A LOT OF THINGS THAT THEY DIDN'T THINK THEY COULD DO." "AS A WOMAN, AS AN AMERICAN, DO YOU REALIZE HOW MUCH OF A MARK YOU HAVE MADE ON THIS COUNTRY AND ON WOMEN LIKE ME AND YOUR OWN CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN?" I DIDN'T REALIZE THAT I HAD MADE A MARK FOR WOMEN LIKE THAT, BUT I JUST NOW AM BEGINNING TO

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REALIZE I DID, I GUESS..."YES YOU DID.

YES YOU DID." (MUSIC OUT.)

* This transcript was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning.