If we don’t tell our story
who will?


African American Women in World War II

Charlie Horse Productions


Invisible Warriors
African American Women
in World War II

Their triumph over the double stigma of being black and female

Invisible Warriors features real pioneers – the first Black women to work in industry and government administrative service.

The film is an unforgettable conversation among a diverse group of African American “Rosie the Riveters” who recount what life was really like during World War II. They are hard working underdogs of high character who do battle and win. They fled lives as domestics and sharecroppers to empower themselves while working in war production and U.S. government offices.

These patriotic pioneers share their wartime memories, recounting their battles against racism at home, Nazism abroad, and sexism everywhere.

They represent 600,000 women like themselves who overcame the Great Depression, Jim Crow, sexual degradation, and workplace discrimination to break gender and racial barriers.

Black “Rosie the Riveters” were part of a sisterhood of 20 million women who built America’s “arsenal of democracy.” Without all of these women, the United States could not have won World War II.

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If we don’t tell our story
who will?

If we don’t tell our story
who will?

Invisible Warriors is a powerful, important – indeed, essential – documentary project”

Darlene Clark Hine, Visiting Hannah Distinguished Professor, Michigan State University – Co-Author of The African American Odyssey


Impeccable research is a pillar of documentary filmmaking. The world-class scholars appearing in Invisible Warriors: African American Women in World War II have dedicated their professional careers to teaching and documenting social, historical, and political phenomena related to Americans whose experiences have been traditionally marginalized because of their race or gender. Here is what these scholars have said about Invisible Warriors – followed by a serenade from Johnny Hartman.

“Failure to seize this moment to illuminate the contributions of African American women during World War II is an unconscionable moral and historical failing.”

— Gregory S. Cooke