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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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People will ring bells of all sizes to celebrate Rosies and their legacy of unity and quality work.. No matter what time zone you’re in, ri...
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A series of events have led to Americans uniting to Ring a Bell for Rosies” across America and in other nations on Labor Day.
The history is full of meaningful events: After World War II, the people of the Netherlands gave the people of the United States a carillon to thank America for its help during and after the war. This carillon stands tall between Arlington National Cemetery and the Iwo Jima Memorial in the George Washington Memorial Parkway.
Each time the bells of the carillon ring, it’s as though the people of the Netherlands are thanking the people of the United States for their help. The American Rosie Movement adopted this symbolism when it started ringing handbells on Labor Day 2016.
In 2008, Thanks! Plain and Simple, Inc. (“Thanks!”), a nonprofit organization started to work toward the goal of getting America to understand and take action to preserve the Riveter Legacy which is to pull together to do highest-quality work for freedom. Soon, it was clear that America has not heard or understood the full importance of Rosies. Thus, Queen Juliana’s “every voice counts” is most relevant.
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 April, 2016, an odd thing happened. “Thanks!” first showed that people in different places will unify to work with Rosies and honor their full contributions. Dogwood trees were planted in four states at the same moment, but in the town of Buckhannon, WV it rained so hard that the Rosie, Bobbie Lamb, could not go outside to see the tree planted. So, Bill Bonnett, Captain (Retired), US Navy gave a brass handbell to a Brownie Girl Scout, Kendra Fox, who rang the bell at the moment the tree was put in the ground, so that Bobbie Lamb would know that people were uniting to plant trees at exactly that moment in different places with 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.
On Labor Day, 2016, the first “Ring a Bell for Rosies” event was held and included the Liberty Bell, bells on ships that were built by Rosies, and at least 50 locations including London and Nijmegan. This year, 2020, will be the fifth year for ringing of the bells on Labor Day. The American Rosie Movement is a new kind of social movement that is not based on protest; it is based on waking up America to realize that we can work in unity, starting with embedding the Rosie Legacy into America’s identity and future.
“Thanks!” is a nonprofit organization with 12 years of experience to find and work with America’s Rosie the Riveters. Americans are clearly inspired by the Rosies. You can help seize this moment to do Rosie work together to preserve and use our freedom wisely.
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