“What role will you play
in The American Rosie Movement?”
- American Rosies
- Your own place in the American Rosie Movement
- A Rosie if you can interview her
- A Specialist in oral history interviewing to help you do quality interviews
Save Rosies' Stories...
- On audio, video, or in writing
- In libraries and with people who value the deep meaning of Rosies
Task Yourself To...
- Choose a role in the American Rosie Movement
- Thank others for their help and “will-do”, cooperative spirit
- Find best people to work with you
- Work fast while keeping quality high
We at “Thanks!”, with the help of many partners, have created various ways for people like you to make Americans aware that we still have the precious opportunity to learn from these women.
We must work quickly. At the same time, we must do a good job to show that Americans can know a Rosie and keep America’s promise.
Click below for example of projects that we completed before April 2014.
Since 2014, we have completed many additional projects with the help of Rosies and other outstanding people.
Now, we are launching the American Rosie Movement, which creates even more diverse and inspiring projects that make a statement for pulling together to advance freedom.
Some ways to find Rosies are:
- Pass the word to all kinds of people that you are looking for Rosies.
- When you meet a woman 90 or older, simply ask her, “What did you do during World War II.
- Post your search on social media (Rosies seldom use computers; ask others.
- Email flyers (e.g. to state/local governments) to distribute and post. (One
that works for us is a photo of a young Rosies with, “Help us find our Rosies”.
- Run ads in local and regional papers. Some newspapers will let their
advertising team ask businesses to pay for the ad, if you give them
names of those who might advertise.
- Ask other Rosie-advocate groups (e.g. American Rosie the Riveter Assoc.)
- Ask groups who work with elderly persons, such as Geriatric specialists, Historic societies, Veterans groups (e.g., The American Legion), Retirement and senior centers.
Our interview process has developed over a decade; yet, many procedures can be used. We are happy to share our questions and the procedures we follow (e.g., how we set up phone interviews, get permission, transcribe interviews, get all information to museums, libraries and families. However, we all need to pull together to get a national effort to find, interview and work with Rosies.
OF COURSE, “WE CAN DO IT... AND FAST! THIS IS AMERICA."
"WILL WE?", IS THE QUESTION.
"YES, IF WE UNIFY NOW!", IS THE ANSWER
Show up to show off America's wise use of freedom
Federal Actions Needed Now
How do “the people” get more federal action to encourage Americans to know Rosies, preserve The Rosie Legacy, and participate In The American Rosie Movement? We are asked this often. It is clear that the federal government will not act unless the people ask.
“Thanks!” very much wants the public and government to work together to honor Rosies. For example, people can gain federal buy-in when we:
- Ask for a postage stamp that shows Rosie and the people working together. One of our designs is of a Rosie who died after she posed.
- Work with Congress to name a federal building “The Rosie the Riveter Building”.Thanks!” did this at the state level.
- Work with the Dept/ of Agriculture’s existing initiatives to Rosies.Examples are: 1) community vegetable gardens could be called Victory Gardens and include historic education about how important growing one’s own food can be, 2) planting dogwood trees could be tied to the push to plant trees, and 3) saving bluebirds could be tied to why Rosies have chosen the bluebird as the species of bird that best represents them.
- Work with the Dept. of Education to tie Rosies to, a) STEM education and b) vocational training (AKA Alternative Technical Training) “Thanks!” has arranged for Rosies to speaking to many students and to women in manufacturing (e.g., the National Association of Manufacturing), and our president is a ATC High School Principal. .
- Work with the Dept. of Transportation to encourage naming bridges, “The Rosie the Riveter Bridge” and create Rosie the Riveter parks when there is money available for refurbishing disturbed land. “Thanks!” orchestrated the naming of two interstate bridges in WV, and money is earmarked for a Rosie park in under the new bridge in So. Charleston, WV. (“Thanks!” worked with Rosies to create the first park designed, built and funded with significant input by Rosies.)
- Work with the Dept. of Commerce to encourage Rosie the Riveter Trails that show what communities do with Rosies. West Virginia and Frederick County, MD have extensive examples of projects that people can be encouraged to visit and replicate, and others are planned.
- Work with the Dept. of State to educate Rosies about the difference they made for Allied Nations and women in many places.
Cooperation is needed to:
- A) Understand when projects are federal, state or local and how act accordingly,
- B) Encourage the Executive Branch to act swiftly to create “Rosie work”, as a statement for pulling together, which is a critical need in America now.
Show your worth. Do Rosie work.
Ask for a complete discussion of how the people and the government can work together to advance the American Rosie Movement