Rosie the Riveter

As March being National Women’s History month is winding down, we don’t want to forget “Rosie the Riveter" which inspired a social movement that increased the number of working American women from 12 million to 20 million by 1944. Women responded to the call of duty the country was displaying by stepping up to fill positions that were traditionally held by men. They began to work heavy construction machinery, welding, taking roles in lumber and steel mills as well as physical labor including unloading freight, building dirigibles (which are airships similar to air balloons), making munitions, and much more.

The image of "Rosie the Riveter" reflected the industrial work of welders and riveters during World War II. A large number of working women filled non-factory positions as well. What unified the experiences of these women was that they proved to themselves (and the country) that they could do a "man's job" and could do it well. Being able to support the soldiers by making all sorts of different products made the women feel very accomplished and proud of their work.

On the grounds of the Texas Panhandle War Memorial, we salute and thank these hard working “Rosie the Riveters” with a Memorial Rose Garden. Stop by and visit the Memorial and also checkout the Texas Panhandle War Memorial Center which honors veterans with displays and artifacts and visit the education center which teaches the history of the wars the U.S. has fought in.