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A03488
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA
HOUSE RESOLUTION
No.
272
Session of
2023
INTRODUCED BY SHUSTERMAN, ISAACSON, PROBST, McNEILL, MADDEN,
CURRY, MAYES, HILL-EVANS, SCHLOSSBERG, PIELLI, KINSEY,
M. MACKENZIE, KHAN, GUENST, HADDOCK, BOYD, GILLEN, GALLOWAY,
SANCHEZ, NEILSON, DALEY, MENTZER, HOWARD, O'MARA AND GREEN,
DECEMBER 5, 2023
REFERRED TO COMMITTEE ON LABOR AND INDUSTRY, DECEMBER 5, 2023
A RESOLUTION
Designating March 21, 2024, as "Rosie the Riveter Day" in
Pennsylvania and honoring the service and contributions of
the millions of women who entered the workforce during World
War II.
WHEREAS, During World War II, 16 million American men left
their jobs in order to fight the Axis powers around the world;
and
WHEREAS, Millions of vacant jobs were filled by women who
traditionally did not work in the manufacturing sector; and
WHEREAS, In an effort to recruit women into the workforce,
the Federal Government began a campaign that included magazine
articles appealing to women; and
WHEREAS, On the cover of the May 29, 1943, edition of the
Saturday Evening Post, Norman Rockwell illustrated the first
Rosie the Riveter; and
WHEREAS, The millions of women who helped to support the war
effort began to identify with Rosie the Riveter; and
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WHEREAS, Among those identifying with this imagery were the
thousands of women from this Commonwealth who helped
Pennsylvania become "The Arsenal of America"; and
WHEREAS, These women built ships at the Philadelphia Naval
Shipyard, assembled anti-aircraft guns at the Naval Ordnance
Plant in York, assisted with the production of heavy trucks at
the Mack Manufacturing Corporation in Allentown, overhauled
battle-worn airplanes at the Harrisburg Shops in Middletown and
worked in the steel mills of Allegheny County; and
WHEREAS, During World War II, the working women of this
Commonwealth and the United States saw Rosie the Riveter as an
icon of female patriotism and a symbol of what was necessary to
support the war effort on the home front; and
WHEREAS, In the fall of 2020, Congress passed and the
President signed into law the Rosie the Riveter Congressional
Gold Medal Act, which collectively awards the Congressional Gold
Medal to all of the women who entered the workforce during World
War II and identify as with Rosie the Riveter; therefore be it
RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives designate March
21, 2024, as "Rosie the Riveter Day" in Pennsylvania; and be it
further
RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives honor the service
and contributions of the millions of women who entered the
workforce during World War II.
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