Quotes by Rosies

Many Of Whom Have Died Since We Interviewed Them.
"We pull better when we pull together."
Common Saying that Dot May, Riveter in Hagerstown, MD remembers
“We pulled together then. We can do it again. It’s our only hope.”
Nancy Sipple
Inspector of airplane parts, Weights Aeronautical, Cincinnati, OH
“We were asked to help. We arrived. We did it for all of us. But we are still invisible to too many.”
Gladys Reese
Metal Worker in Detroit, MI
We were beautiful chicks, but not chicken. We really stepped out, and it changed us and our children.
"Until recently we were invisible even to those who are supposed to know what makes history."
“’We can do it!’ is not even half right. We can, we did, and we’re trying still, if people will only pay attention.”
Buddie Curnutte (June 2013)
Riveter in Buffalo, NY
"Loose lips sink ships."
Common saying that Rosies remember
"We did it together!"
Woody Williams
Medal of Honor Recipient (Iowa Jima)
“About ‘We can do it!’, of course we can. We have done it, and we are doing it again.”
June Robins
Drafted ship parts, Philadelphia, PA
“I didn’t see daylight for six months. We worked from before daylight till after dark. Then spring came, and the light gave us new hope. But it was not done yet."
Nancy Sneed-Sipple
Beckley, WV
“The supervisor apologized for putting me next to a black woman. I answered him, 'Ain’t we all in this together. Where is your loyalty?"
Lillian Eddie
Medal Worker
“I remember them playing, ‘The Bluebird of Happiness’ on the radio. We all listened, because it was about hope and that all of us, rich and poor, were suffering.”
Dorothy Partain (Looneyville, WV)
Riveter in Cleveland, Ohio
“We got rations for one pair of shoes a year. We’d laugh that that was better than the men, ‘cause combat boots had blisters built in. We got that from the soldiers we loved.”
“What did I want more than anything? Safety for our loved ones. Then, a pair of nylons to wear with my fiancé by my side and no more worry of war. That is what the end of the war meant getting on with a normal life with loved ones being close by, again. But we all knew we were forever changed. Everyone knew someone was lost. Freedom meant something, and it still does, but it’s hidden now – it’s still there, the meaning, but it’s too quiet.”
“Why do you think I’m special? I just did what I had to do, like all the other women. Nothing to brag about, just keep your eye on the work and don’t mess up. Winnin’ the war and saving lives depended on it.”
Irene Layne (Huntington, WV)
Riveter, Akron, OH
“I had not heard my fiancé’s voice for more three years, when we reunited after the war. Mail is all we had, and that was censored. We met in an airport, and he said he recognized my long legs first.”
Neva Rees (Marietta, OH)
Helped build Goodyear Blimp Cab
“One loose rivet could catch in the wind and tear the whole wing off the plane. Doing a good job meant saving lives. Savin’ lives was what we was about.”
Mazie Mullins (Clendenin, WV)
Riveter, Goodyear, Akron, OH, Plant C
“Troop trains were packed. But me and my two babies in diapers were treated so good by the soldiers when we rode for days on the train to Portland, Oregon. They helped take care of my 2 year old boy, when he was afraid. It was a time we all pulled together. Work was the same. No nonsense."
Doris Aletneier (Wayne County, WV)
Welder, Portland OR
“I swore to secrecy, and I will not break it ever. I will be silent, though I think the Rosies should be respected and learned from. We knew how to pull together then.”
"Another 'big thank you Anne for being in one picture and that was with the nice Rosie who's in a hospital bed. There you were by her side. How sweet of you to be with her. Another 'star' for you Anne." "Anne I got my DVD yesterday. I love it. Will play it again today. Thanks for doing all the events for Rosies. I thought the video was about all the things that we were working for and what the boys were fighting for. You got it all Anne. Many thanks. And its nice you got your Mom involved - she would have been proud.I love you for all you do and not feeling well yourself again many thanks and may god bless you Anne. Love." "Hi again Anne. I just watched my dvd again. I saw me, I missed yesterday. How great!! I loved the part of everyone who is in it but especially me!!! But I loved you putting your Mom on the table. What a great tribute for your mom. Thanks. Love.

Rosie’s Contributions

Major contributions of Rosies are:

  1. Their highest quality work helped to win and shorten WWII
  2. Nurtured men wounded in body and spirit
  3. Pioneered women in the workforce
  4. As older women they are showing what senior citizens can do to pull America together as they did in WWII.
 Why are Rosie the Riveters Important?

  1. America promises that women are equal. It’s important to ask Rosies what they did and to tell them how important their work was.
  2. Rosies are a model for women and girls – women can do much more than they imagined, and do excellent work. Rosies show us that we should try new things and do good work.
  3. Rosies show that women’s strengths are important to society.
  4. Rosies reveal fuller understanding and facts about:
    • World War II
    • The Women’s Movement
    • The problems of caring for injured veterans
    • The value of older persons
    • How to pull together to achieve a needed, common good
  5. Girls and young women learn about women’s strengths first-hand from Rosies.
  6. Rosies help us all see that many people who contribute are not loud about it – that many women have worked quietly behind-the-scenes to advance and heal.
  7. Rosies are dying – we have a very short time to know them, learn from them, and work with them to teach the future about their importance.
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