The original Bombshell. A Magnesium Maggie hard at work at the BMI plant, circa 1940. Photo Courtesy of Henderson District Public Libraries

Most people have heard of Rosie the Riveter, but on a local level, Southern Nevada had its own version of hard-working, wartime women known as “Magnesium Maggies.” The term was coined by researcher and former war worker herself, Irene Rostine. Ms. Rostine’s work is focused on the role of women in Southern Nevada’s magnesium war industry. With the largest group working at the Basic Magnesium Plant in Henderson, women drove forklifts, handled ingots, were full-fledged machinists, and worked over molten metal. Find more about Magnesium Maggie here:

This story was taken from the Henderson Historical Society’s Stories.  The Henderson Historical Society seeks to foster public awareness and pride and to preserve the history of Henderson, Nevada for future generations. For additional information about the Henderson Historical Society please visit