Ms. Bartley has performed hundreds of times for civic organizations, educational institutions, libraries and special events. She was a Chatuaquan for the Kentucky Humanities Council for 3 years and her character set yearly records for the highest number of performances. Today, she enjoys booking and performing the characters on her own.

Angela Bartley loves performing her character portrayals because it enables her to share firsthand, the stories of such historically significant ladies! If you'd like to book Angela for an upcoming performance, please contact her at .


Rosie the Riveter
photo courtesy KHC
Rose Monroe's dream during World War II was to fly as a Women's Air Service Pilot, but the WASPs wouldn't allow widows with children. With the promise of the highest wages anywhere, Rose daringly moved with her children to Michigan to work on bombers as a riveter in the Willow Run Aircraft Factory. There, Hollywood discovered Rose Monroe on an aircraft production line. After appearing in a war bond film, she then became the real life "Rosie the Riveter." Like the poster-girl Rosie, Rose Monroe was both capable and attractive; she captured the "we-can-do-it" spirit of the mythical Rosie.

Rose seemed born to the role. One of nine children raised in Science Hill, Kentucky, she proved adept at carpentry, her father's trade. She started at Willow Run as one of millions of women who showed they could wield a wrench or a welding torch as capably as any man, contributing immensely to the War effort.

After the war, Rosie did not return to a domestic role. She never made use of her fleeting celebrity by endorsing a line of power tools or otherwise trading on her fame. Eventually, she started Rose Builders, a construction firm specializing in luxury homes. She also owned a beauty supply company and drove a cab for a while.

"She instilled in us that there's no job that has a woman's or a man's label," said Connie, her oldest daughter.

Monroe finally realized a life-long dream by earning a pilot's license in 1974, though a 1978 crash resulted in the removal of a damaged kidney, which may have hastened her death at age 77. In 1999, the Kentucky Aviation Hall of Fame posthumously honored her with its Distinguished Service Award. Rose left behind 13 great-grandchildren and a host of fans who were inspired by her image during the war and afterwards.

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