Not all World War II riveters were named Rosie.
While the men went off to fight the Japanese and Germans, Emma C. Wagner, worked the 3 p.m.-to-11 p.m. shift as a riveter for Western Electric Co. in Baltimore. When the war ended, she toiled in a sewing factory and spent 25 years working on an assembly line at the Joseph E. Seagram & Sons Distillery.
Born on a vegetable farm in East Baltimore, Wagner left school in the second grade to help raise her 13 siblings. It wasn’t until she had a daughter of her own that Wagner learned to read and write.
She died on May 9 of lung cancer at the age of 90.