The American Rosie MOVEMENT
The American Rosie MOVEMENT
Pulling together to show that we can do the highest quality work to value our freedom by following the Rosie Legacy.
“You who are running strong and independent
and with understanding hearts
help us to build
a better world in a new age.”
- The inscription on a Netherlands Carillon bell that is dedicated to women's groups
Anna Hess, a Rosie who made truck tires in Akron, Ohio at age 15, was invited by the National Association of Manufacturing to speak at the Reagan Center in Washington in April of 2017. That day, 120 women received awards for excellent work in manufacturing. Thank you, NAM, for thanking Rosies in manufacturing.
The women in this documentary film worked across America. The film is titled, "We Pull Together: Rosie the Riveters, Then and Now".
It premiered in 2011, so many of the Rosies are now gone; yet, their stories will always be relevant.
The American Rosie Movement gives people ways to pull together to do work that needs to be done for freedom. If we don't use our freedom wisely, we will lose it. Rosies are proof that we can pull together for the present and the future.
The Netherlands Embassy in Washington, D.C. has done significant work with Rosies since 2015. This short film is an example of the quality and meaning of what they have done to educate the public about the importance of the Rosie Legacy.
In May and June, 2015, “Thanks!” and others worked with the Netherlands Embassy, the National Liberation Museum in Nijmegan, Netherlands, and the King and Queen of the Netherlands at Arlington Cemetery and held ceremonies to thank American Rosies.
In May 2016, “Thanks!” took Anna Hess, a Rosie who had gone to the Netherlands the previous year, to the Netherlands Embassy in Washington and then to the Netherlands Carillon, where the Ambassador talked of the history of the carillon and how the bells were made of melted down artillery shells. At that moment, “Thanks!” saw that bells must be used to wake up people to the importance of following the Rosie Legacy.
Now, in September 2020, the Netherlands Embassy hosted an event where a dogwood tree that was previously planted for the Rosies on the embassy grounds received a plaque that commemorated the Rosies.
We would like to thank the Netherlands Embassy for the outstanding work they have done with us and other Rosie advocates since 2015. Other photos of their work can be seen on different parts of this website.
On Christmas Eve of 2012, the Today Show aired a piece for Rosies with our help. This beautiful segment is set in an original factory where real Rosies worked at during WWII as a celebration of their efforts. This video is hosted on YouTube, but it is viewable from our "gallery" page.
Thanks! Plain and Simple, Inc. has worked more than a decade to find, interview, and work with Rosie the Riveters ("Rosies"). These women performed thousands of jobs in factories, farms, shipyards, and the government. Rosies, today, are in their 90s and America needs to know and work with them while it still can.
1. Listen to a Rosie, then understand her importance to all of us,
2. Realize that when people, groups, and the nation act together to do something that needs to be done, we unify into a force that has a major impact for the world,
3. Work with others to create something – big or small – that honors the basic importance of Rosies: To pull together to produce something that makes a statement for doing quality work to overcome a problem facing the human family,
4. Tell others that the American Rosie Movement™ (ARM) is needed today and well into the future, help others to pull together to do something that honors the basics of good citizenship, and that we are thankful for each other’s help,
5. Make a statement – through your communication and action – about the need to embrace ARM as a new, refreshing, and clearly important social movement,
6. Join with others to publicize what you are doing, so that everyone’s contributions are seen as adding up to a whole, lasting, game-changing effort.
For firsthand stories of some Rosies, see Rosies.
For various projects that help you choose your role, see Your Role.
“Let these women be seen as an example that
we do better when we work together.” - David Payne II