Most of us in the past 24 hours have seen the news items on the effort to preserve the Michigan factory where the symbolic ”Rosie the Riveter” helped build bombers during World War II.
Supporters are trying to raise $8 million to save a portion of the Willow Run Bomber Plant, where Rosie became a symbol for women contributing to the war effort outside the home.
The woman who posed for the iconic Norman Rockwell rendering of “Rosie” lives right here in Simsbury CT. A look at how the 91-year-old Mary Doyle Keefe became the symbol for the women who stepped up during war time is here.
“All the women, all the Rosies, who stepped up during World War II deserve to be honored,” said Keefe about the preservation effort. ”I met a lot of women who took over the men’s jobs during the war and they were doing what needed to be done,” she said. “They all deserve the recognition.”