The Rosie the Riveter Movement

Creating projects that pull America together

On May 14, a major event occurred at the same moment in many locations to show that people can – and will pull together to do work that should be done. Using Rosies as our model and with the help of Girl Scouts, 8 communities planted dogwood trees at precisely 1:00 PM in locations where living Rosie the Riveters can help.

  1. Buckhannon, WV at the Buckhannon-Upshire High School
  2. Brunswick, MD at the American Legion
  3. Camden, SC at Monument Square
  4. Grafton, WV at the home of Anna Jarvis (founder of Mother’s Day)
  5. Huntington, WV at the Huntington Gallery of Art
  6. Morgantown, WV at the WV Botanical Gardens
  7. Vienna, WV at City Park
  8. Winchester, KY at the Clark County Public Library

Other locations in the US and other nations want to take part in a similar event, where trees planted at the same moment across boundaries with the help of Rosies. We will orchestrate the next across-boundaries planting on Labor Day. Even though dogwood trees are hard to find then, we must move forward while Rosies are still living to help guide us to pull together.
On May 4 and May 5, the Embassy of the Netherlands invited “Thanks!” and Rosies to:

  1. Celebrate the release of a documentary film about a young Dutch man’s search for an American soldier who helped liberate the Netherlands. The “star”, Maarten Vossen, found the soldier’s family and home in Osage, WV, near Morgantown. Anna Hess, a Rosie, met Maarten there last year (see photo). She attended the showing on May 4th.
  2. Celebrate the gift of carillons given by the people of the Netherlands to the people of the Unites States to thank us for our help during WWII.

Help America to seize this brief moment

Do your part to help America to know, honor and work with Rosie the Riveters

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We pulled together then; we can pull together again. It’s our only hope.

Nancy Sipple, Rosie the Riveter

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can CHANGE THE WORLD. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.

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Lecture Series

We are pleased to announce that Anne Montague is available for lectures on Rosie the Riveters and their impact on America past, present and future.

To schedule a speaking engagement, please call 304 / 776-4743. Depending on the details (location, date and time) of your request, it may be possible for "Thanks!" to include a living Rosie the Riveter in the event.


To create projects in West Virginia that need to be done in America and more widely, and to do these projects so well that many people will be inspired to replicate, adapt and add to the work. These model projects will allow people to unify in their communities, in America and in the world. When possible, we also guide veterans to contribute to these projects. Our underlying belief is that people will do more good when they see how to start participating in something they believe is worthwhile.

The West Virginia Rosie the Riveter Project is a model for Americans who want to honor and educate with women who worked “on the home front” during World War II. Rosies are about 90 years old today, and there is very little time to learn from them, so we have created many ways for communities to easily work with Rosies.


Washington Post Reporter interviewing Rosies at the World War II Memorial.


by Mike Kindred
This was from Billy Vance whose father worked in the Willow Run plant. Billy attends my church. They moved to Michigan so his dad could find work.


by Tyler
I am an average teen. Pretty neat to know it was a big deal that my grandmother was a Rosie the Riveter. I didn’t know how important it was until an article came out in the paper about my grandmother. My grandmother, Dorothy Partain, seems so happy and honored. She’s also happy that she worked hard and did a really good job. When the article about my grandmother first came out, Ms. Hall my history teacher, put it up next to the Rosie poster [with the slogan], “We Can Do It” in our classroom. I spent 30 minutes figuring it out. Ms. Hall thought I was goofing around. I already knew people at home helped in the war. I didn’t know how big a deal it was. Now I see that all the people who are part of it and it’s not just about soldiers. World War II probably would have not have been won without women who are grandmothers now, even great grandmothers. Men didn’t think they could do it, but the women did just as good as the men.


Photo by Loretta Simons
A room was named for Rosie the Riveters on October 7, 2013, at the HI-Harpers Ferry Hostel in Knoxville, MD. From left to right are Crena Anderson who riveted planes in MD, Paula Abelow who was a drafter for an optics company in New York City, Dorothy Davenport who worked on a dairy farm that produced food for our troops in IL, and Ruth Staples who worked on the B&O Railroad in MD.


Bluebirds in Brunswick moving fast.
Brunswick, MD to be the first Bluebirds for Rosies Community in America.
The town of Brunswick, MD will honor Rosie the Riveters by being the first Bluebirds for Rosies Community in America. The bluebird symbolized hope during World War II, so "Thanks!" and Rosies started hanging bluebird houses the first Monday of April, which was occupied by a bluebird pair the following Thursday.


Photo of bluebird pair courtesy of Doug Jolley, WV Dept. of Agriculture.
Keep following our work with Brunswick. The houses are made in America.

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We did it together.

H. "Woody" Williams, Medal of Honor Recipient

We're still doing it.

Rosies still working for America.

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The West Virginia Rosie the Riveter Project: A Example for America

Over three years, we have proven that educating about Rosie the Riveters has a far more dramatic impact on youth, adults, Rosies, and communities when Rosies are included to: a) educate about themselves, b) help communities create replicable projects to teach about Rosies (e.g create parks, DVD/CD of interviews), and c) preserve their histories.

We have created more than 20 ways for Rosies and others to educate, including original music, a documentary film, quilts by Rosies, historic visits by Allied Nations, and parks that tell the Rosie story.

In March, 2012, The Today Show taped 50 Rosies in Charleston, WV.

Our work helps America seize this brief moment in America to work with our Rosies for lasting, meaningful education. Let us know if you want to learn from us or help.

Future Goals of Our Rosie Model:

Long-term, we hope to advance that women will play new, positive roles in our changing world.

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