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Mary Fierros: Rosie The Riveter World War II American Home Front Oral History Project

Interviewee(s):
Fierros, Mary
Interviewer(s):
Dunham, David
Title:
Mary Fierros: Rosie The Riveter World War II American Home Front Oral History Project
Abstract:
Mary Fierros grew up in Idaho and spent her early adult life working in the fields with her family and husband. When he was drafted, she went to work for Douglas Aircraft during WWII. After the war, she moved with her husband to military bases in Louisiana and Texas, and returned to California, settling there after his service was finished. She worked for Levi-Strauss for three decades and retired in an upper management position. In this interview, Fierros reflects on her work as a riveter and its impact on the rest of her life. She also discusses discrimination toward Mexican-Americans in military and civilian life and overcoming the challenges of racism in her career and life.
Subject area(s):
Community and Identity
Commerce, Industry, and Labor
Interview date(s):
2016
Project:
Rosie The Riveter World War II American Home Front
Rights:
Fierros, Mary. "Mary Fierros: Rosie The Riveter World War II American Home Front Oral History Project." Interview by David Dunham in 2016. Oral History Center, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 2017.