Rosies and others have given us the thumbs up from the beginning. So, we are confident that we are on the right track. Examples of feedback that keeps us moving forward are:
"Anne, I've thought about what you are saying. It's what Mother Jones said, "Quit your bellyaching. Organize!"
The power is in learning to do what's possible, not whine about problems. Problems are real, but only if they stop what's possible for people's self-respect.
I am deeply grateful to have photographed the 2017 “Ring a Bell for Rosie” event in Washington, D.C. on Labor Day Weekend. Watching the Rosies share their stories -- in particular with several families at the National Cathedral -- put in perspective the impact of preserving memories of the most important events in history. The payoff of these efforts led to them brainstorming new ideas, such as how they could serve as role models to help promote a STEM career pathway to school-age children. The Rosies’ achievements are inspirational. The bell ringing through the air at the National Cathedral gardens and Department of Education Building that day signaled their ongoing presence and positive influence on the community. I appreciate that Thanks! Plain and Simple, Inc. gave me this opportunity to participate!
The Rosie Project has provided her with a positive outlook; a reason to get dressed up and shine! A way to love again and to share of herself and accept love in return from her new friends; realization that when she decided to step out, back in the 1940s, and give to her country, she did give something of honor. Most importantly, Rosies have provided her honor for her life here on earth.
Anne, All I can say is wow. My only regret about this trip is that we didn't get to spend any quality time with you. Those ladies owe you so much and it is incredible what you've done with all of them. I know they are truly special but so are you and we wouldn't have been able to pull any of this together without your help and guidance. Thanks so much for all of your expertise and help enlisting so many behind the scenes helpers. I know our other Ann heard your name over and over again during the interview but I wanted to include her here on the email so that she knows what vital part of the project you were to us at the Today Show as well. Please look out for a little something coming your way next week from all of us. We'll be in touch in the coming months but I had to take a moment to send my thanks.
Your greatest problem is that Americans don’t want to cooperate. We’ve forgotten how to pull together. We’re told to compete. Worse, we West Virginians are taught to fight amongst ourselves – to believe that others are looking down on us and to be ready to resist people outside our own neck of the woods. You’ll have more success connecting different states and countries before you unify West Virginians. But, I have to give it to you . . .. You’ve made a good start. You’re touching something common to us. Maybe it’s what it means to be an American. Rosies are about the American spirit, and nothin’s goin’ to tell that like Rosies do.