It’s no secret that I love Rosie the Riveter. I’ve been her for Halloween more than once, and have a large tin reproduction of the famous “We Can Do It” poster on my desk… although – fun historical tidbit here: though “Rosie the Riveter” has been around as a cultural icon since WWII, that poster is not actually “Rosie” and in fact didn’t become associated with the term “Rosie the Riveter” until the 1980’s when the poster was rediscovered. Until then the most famous non-photography Rosie image was a Rockwell cover for the Saturday Evening Post that most people probably wouldn’t recognize today.
But anyway, maybe one day I’ll write a post about my love for Rosie and what she stands for. But today there’s a bigger issue at hand. One a gathering of Rosies is trying to bring awareness to: Saving the Historic Willow Run Bomber Plant in Ypsilanti, Michigan.
They need to raise $8 million dollars by May in order to purchase the property and turn it into the new home for the Yankee Air Museum, which has preserved a lot of the historic WWII aircraft that the real life Rosies would have worked on. They’re still $1.5 million short, and to bring attention to the issue and hopefully gain support from the public, they aimed to break a Guinness World Record for most Rosie the Riveters in one place. 776 Rosies, young, old, and even some of the real original Rosies who actually worked in the plant showed up.
It warms my little historian heart to see this kind of outpouring to help preserve our heritage.
If you’ve got a few extra bucks lying around (unfortunately I don’t…) consider donating to Save the Willow Run Bomber Plant. And for more information about Rosie and what she stands for, check out The Rosie the Riveter Trust.
(PS – More Rosies in the News!)
[We Can Do It poster image from Wikimedia Commons; Photo of the Rosies at Willow Run by Patrick Record of The Ann Arbor News – clicking on the photo will take you to the original article]