Rosie the Riveter to receive Congressional Gold Medal

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Rosie the Riveter to receive Congressional Gold Medal
Photo of Mae Krier courtesy of Rosie The Riveter Trust.

“Rosie the Riveter” will be awarded a Congressional Gold Medal in the United States Capitol on Wednesday, April 10. 

Hundreds of Rosies travel from across the country to attend the 3 p.m. ceremony in Emancipation Hall, including several local Rosies. This honor follows the long journey led by two Rosies — Mae Krier (Riveter, Boeing, Seattle) and Phyllis Gould (Journeyman Welder, Kaiser Shipyards, Richmond) — to establish a federal Rosie the Riveter Day, which is March 21.

Now, The Rosie the Riveter Trust, the nonprofit partner of Rosie the Riveter World War II Home Front National Historic Park in Richmond, is trying to raise as much funds as it can to send as many Rosies to Washington D.C. as possible for the April 10 ceremony.

“We want to help Rosie’s all across America travel from their hometowns to the nation’s Capital to witness the presentation of the Congressional Gold Medal in this historic ceremony,” said Sarah Pritchard, executive director of Rosie the Riveter Trust.

Any Rosies interested in attending the ceremony are invited to fill out a registration form on the Trust’s website at RosieTheRiveter.org. (Tickets are very limited; interested parties should sign up as soon as possible.)  Individuals who would like to help sponsor the Rosies trip to Washington, D.C. may make a donation at RosieTheRiveter.org.

The Trust is contacting prominent organizations about sponsoring travel and hotel expenses for Rosies, most of whom are nearly 100 years old or more. These women joined the workforce during WWII as riveters working on the construction of ships, planes, vehicle assembly lines, ammunition factories, manufacturing and other jobs supporting the WWII effort. Rosie the Riveter is famously represented by the iconic “We Can Do It” poster.

Meanwhile, Rosie the Riveter is gearing up for Riveter Days 2024 from March 21-23 in Richmond. The following is a list of related events.

Thursday, March 21 – national Rosie the Riveter Day; dress like a Rosie and post your photos.

Friday, March 22“Sign My Name to Freedom” pop-up event; celebrating the musical and documentary about Betty Reid Soskin; 6 to 7:30 pm at Moxion, 1414 Harbour Way S #1901

Saturday, March 23 – “Rosie Roll Call” at the Craneway Pavilion, 1414 Harbor Way at 1 pm; tour the Visitor Center at Rosie the Riveter World War II Home Front National Historic Park 10 am to 5 pm at 1414 Harbour Way #3000.