WASHINGTON, DC – Last Friday, Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-CA) along with Representatives Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) and Jared Huffman (D-CA), introduced H.R. 4912, the Rosie the Riveter Congressional Gold Medal Act. This bipartisan legislation would award a Congressional Gold Medal to the American women who joined the workforce during World War II in recognition of their contributions to the nation and the war effort. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) will introduce a companion bill.
“I have had the honor and privilege of working with two real life Rosie the Riveters. Phyllis Gould has been a driving force behind the efforts to gain national recognition for all the Rosies, including herself and her sister Marion Sousa, who is an official volunteer at the Rosie the Riveter WWII Home Front National Historical Park in Richmond. I have also had the joy of working closely with Rosie the Riveter Park Ranger Betty Reid Soskin, who provided critical help during the war effort. These sheroes continue to blaze the trail for today’s working women, and future generations. It’s long past time that they be honored for their courage, sacrifice, and contributions to our country, and I can think of no finer recipients for the Congressional Gold Medal,” Rep. Speier said.
“Throughout our nation’s history, countless Americans have answered the call to service during times of conflict and turmoil,” said Rep. Fitzpatrick. “During World War II, women across the country - and across our district - left their homes for factory jobs in support of the war effort: Working as riveters, buckers, welders, and electricians. These ‘Rosie the Riveters’ embodied the ‘We can do it’ spirit forever connected with the famous poster. I’m proud to recognize these home front-heroes.”
“The Congressional Gold Medal is reserved for those distinguished few whose achievements have had a profound impact on American history,” said Rep. Huffman. “I can’t imagine a more fitting recipient for a Congressional Gold Medal than the real-life women behind the iconic ‘Rosie the Riveter.’ They helped turn the tide of World War II, they shattered our nation’s expectations of women in the workplace, and their legacy has inspired future generations to continue to fight for equal rights for all. It is an honor to represent several original ‘Rosies’ in Congress, including my constituent Phyllis Gould who has diligently worked to achieve national recognition for Rosies across the country. I’m honored to continue this work with a group of colleagues on both sides of the aisle so that Congress can rightfully recognize these women as American heroes.”
“There is no greater call in life than serving your country. These Rosie the Riveter’s answered that call, putting aside their personal lives to join the workforce and work in the ship yards, airplane and ammunitions factories that helped to end World War II,” said Senator Casey. “Honoring these brave woman with the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian honor Congress can bestow, is the least we can do to recognize their service and I am happy to support this effort in Congress.”
A copy of the bill text is attached to this release.