The Rosie the Riveter Movement

Creating projects that pull America together

Young Women for Rosies

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I was lucky enough to join the Rosie the Riveter project with Anne in the summer of 2009. I had no idea what I was in for. I had heard of Rosie the Riveter, but had never put a face to the iconic image. Now, I see hundreds of sweet faces of the women that have come into my life that I am honored to have had the chance to meet and learn from. Hearing the stories of these women and their time working during WWII, I am inspired by the stories they tell. How they left their families for the first time and how some of then would take time to go dancing and to the movies while in a brand new city. I had left WV to pursue filmmaking in Los Angeles, coming back home I was a bit skeptical of projects I would get to work on...this project changed how I see myself as a West Virginia woman. I feel I have gained close to 100 grandmas because of the connection I feel to these inspirational women. Their lives, both during WWII and after, are an amazing part of history that I feel I am living as they light up to tell their stories. They have given me personal advice on many aspects of life in general: pregnancy, cooking, canning, and so many more topics. I can honestly say, I have love for these women. Both as the strong women they were when they pursued something greater, and the women they have become because of such a rich history. I could go on and on...I can never speak of how honestly thankful I have been for the women and this project.

Tijah Bumgarner


I started working with Anne on December 26, 2011 and I have now been with her for over a year. Throughout that year I have met dozens of Rosies that worked during WWII in defense of this country. Seeing these elderly women in person, looking at their younger photos and hearing their stories make me very grateful for my life. They make me realize that I am very lucky to live the life that I do. Thanks to these women I can go to school and choose any job I deem fit for myself without worrying whether it is a "mans" job. Thanks to these women I can wear pants when I go to out of the house. Thanks to these women I have the courage to do something new that has never been done before. When I see a Rosie the Riveter, especially one of the ladies like Buddie Curnutte, an active Rosie that is truly beautiful inside and out, it makes me realize that these women are heroes and that they deserve the respect and recognition of America. That is why I enjoy working with Anne on the "Rosie the Riveter Project" because I truly believe in this project and I truly believe that if anyone can make it successful, it will be Anne Montague.

Kambria Farmer


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Volunteers Do It!

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Tya and Holly

Launching the International Rosie the Riveter Movement

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