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House of Representatives
Session of 2023 - 2024 Regular Session

MEMORANDUM

Posted: January 31, 2023 03:12 PM
From: Representative Melissa L. Shusterman
To: All House members
Subject: “Rosie the Riveter” Day in Pennsylvania
 
 
During World War II, millions of women answered the call to enter the workforce and build the equipment American soldiers, sailors, Marines, and airmen needed for the war. These women made an invaluable contribution to the war effort. Designating March 21, 2023 as “Rosie the Riveter Day” in Pennsylvania honors the millions of women who embodied what Rosie stood for: strength, patriotism, sacrifice, honor and country.
 
In another show of appreciation of what these women accomplished, Congress awarded “Rosie the Riveter” with a Congressional Gold Medal in the fall of 2020. The honor collectively awards the Congressional Gold Medal to all women who entered the workforce during World War II and aided in the war efforts.

“Rosie the Riveter” became an icon of female patriotism and work ethic. Those women included thousands of working women from this Commonwealth. During the war, Pennsylvania women built ships at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, worked steel mills in the Mon Valley, assembled thousands of anti-aircraft guns in York, built Mack trucks in Allentown, and repaired airplanes in Middletown at the Harrisburg Shops. Today, Mae Krier of Levittown, an original “Rosie”, served her community once again by making face masks at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our Commonwealth owes a debt of gratitude to these powerful women.

I ask for your support and to join me in co-sponsoring this resolution to honor these women and their contributions by designating March 21, 2023 as “Rosie the Riveter Day” in Pennsylvania.
 



Introduced as HR89