The number of women who worked on the home front during World War II equaled the number of men who served in the military. Rosie the Riveters or “Rosies” pulled together to do highest-quality work, fast, for the cause of freedom and to end the war.
Over 70 years, these women and their contributions have been largely unknown in their communities, America, and other nations. Thus, Thanks! Plain and Simple have devoted seven years to finding, learning and working with Rosies. As one Rosie put it, “We pulled together then. We can do it again. It’s our only hope.”
The Mission Statement of Thanks! Plain and Simple:
To create and guide people to pull together to do real work that upholds and advances America’s basic principles.
The example of work that “Thanks!” focuses on currently is the Rosie the Riveter Project which is supposed to find, get to know and work with Rosies to develop easily replicable projects that any American community can do on its own. “Thanks!” supports, advises and recommends to any community that wants to engage in any of the proven projects.
Basics to Rosie the Riveter Project work are:
“Thanks!” helps people with each of these. We have grown from doing projects with Rosies and their communities to developing a program that is made up of many projects. Now, we are preparing to launch the International Rosie the Riveter Movement.
It’s a huge job. Worse, time is almost gone. Yet, even though we are a small and underfunded, we are succeeding. Why? Because people want to work together to do the right thing and do it well. More important, people are inspired when they discover that “Rosies” are incredible people who have made huge contributions based on the belief that human beings can do better together.
At this time, approximately 20 Rosie projects have been proven and each is repeatable in different locations. Thus, our process is considered as a model. As we guide others to “Know a Rosie and grow America’s promise,” we strive to continuously improve our process, including to find, interview and present Rosies to the public.
|We’re helping community and national leaders participate in a movement to assure that Rosies’ legacy is part of America’s identity and consciousness. International awareness of the importance of Rosie to the free world and to using the strengths of women is helping Americans see the value in these women who are usually in their 90s and fading fast.|
Let us know if you want to be part of this important, far past-due recognition of Rosies.
|Completing an online photographic book by Rosies|
|Lesson plans to be put online|
|Another Rosie designed park|
|The Bluebird for Rosies Project|
|Another permanent display of art and photos|
|Naming another room, road, building, bridge, “The Rosie the Riveter”|
|Public service announcements made by Rosies|
|Getting letters written to and from Rosies|
|Helping the National Liberation Museum to continue educating about Rosies|
|Creating or performing Rosie music|
|Creating and showing Rosie art|
|Finding funding for an animated short film|
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