Cal project documents real life 'Rosie the Riveters'

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BERKELEY, Calif. (KGO) -- World War II ended more than 65 years ago, and the men who fought those battles have been chronicled in books, movies and on TV. But, a project at UC Berkeley is making sure we don't forget about the women at home who kept the fighting men in the battle.

"I graduated from high school and the next year there was the shipyards," said World War II shipyard worker Edythe Esser.

That's how World War II changed Esser's life. She joined the thousands of women in Richmond doing traditionally male jobs - women who proudly called themselves "Rosie the Riveter."

"In 1941, they were hiring in the shipyards and I was married, but I wanted to work," said Esser.

She's putting her memories down on video, for a history project at UC Berkeley....

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