Rosie the Riveter Statue Dedication
World War II Homefront Memorial Dedication
Rosie the Riveter Project
Thursday, Dec. 7 at Noon
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Rosie the Riveter is a famous symbol of the contribution of women workers in the U.S. effort during World War II. Rosie was a fictional character from a popular song written by Redd Evans and John Jacob Loeb. The song and name inspired many artists to feature Rosie’s character wearing practical, hard-factory clothes brightened by a red bandanna tied around her head.
In movies, newspapers, posters, photographs and articles, campaigns featuring Rosie the Riveter stressed the patriotic need for women to enter the work force, and they did, in huge numbers. Between 1940 and 1945, the female percentage of the U.S. workforce increased from 27 to 37 percent. By 1944 there were nearly 20 million working women.
The Rosie the Riveter statue will represent the homefront of the war effort and the third statue featured at our World War II Memorial site. The site currently has two other statues: ‘Day of Infamy’ representing the Pacific Theater and ‘Letters from Home’ representing the European Theater. Rosie will also be the first female statue featured at the Brazos Valley Veterans Memorial.
Three local chapters of the Daughters of the American Revolution have worked with the Brazos Valley Veterans Memorial to raise funds for this important new project. Pamela Marshall, regent of Bryan’s Come and Take It chapter of the DAR, said the goal is for the for the statue “to be a gift from the women of the Brazos Valley honoring the women of the Brazos Valley.” Read more