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The ‘Rosies’, Cultural Icons of WWII, Honored with Induction Into Hall of Honor



The U.S. Department of Labor inducted into its Labor Hall of Honor the women who worked as riveters, welders, and industrial workers during World War II. Most famously represented by the iconic Rosie the Riveter, these women played a crucial role in America’s victory – and in carving a path for more employment opportunities for American women.

The United States government actively recruited women into the workforce at home while American servicemen and women traveled across the globe to join the fight for freedom. Employed by companies such as Kaiser Shipyards, Grumman, Westinghouse, Boeing Aircraft, and Ford Motor, women manufactured planes, tanks, guns, munitions, and critical supplies needed at home – allowing the U.S. armed forces to send more American men to the front lines.

Approximately 5 to 7 million women served in the war industries during World War II, increasing the female workforce to about 19 million. They proved that women could do jobs that were often reserved for men, ensured that production of critical machinery and supplies met the demands of our nation’s military, and have inspired generations of women.

The Labor Hall of Honor induction highlighted the Rosies’ contributions to labor and freedom, and women’s advancement in the workforce. We are grateful to Thanks! Plain and Simple, the American Rosie the Riveter Association and The Rosie the Riveter Trust for helping us with our program. These organizations work not just to preserve the history of the American home front during World War II, but also to share the accomplishments of women in the workforce.

This year, as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Women’s Bureau, I am proud to be able to nominate the Rosies to take their rightful place in the Labor Hall of Honor. We honor these workers for their patriotism, their courage and their trailblazing efforts on behalf of American women.

The Labor Hall of Honor was established in 1988 to recognize Americans for their distinct contributions to improving working conditions, wages, and overall quality of life for American workers and their families. Learn more about the Labor Hall of Honor and its previous inductees.


Laurie Todd-Smith, Ph.D., is the Director of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Women’s Bureau. Follow the Women’s Bureau on Twitter.



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THANK you for the recognition!.

my amazing Mother-in-Law Gloria who will turn
99 years young on November 11th.
When She was born Veterans Day was called Armistice Day. Her name Gloria came from the United States Flag “Old Glory”.
Her father and mother both immigrants from Italy came to America. Her father always showed his patriotism for America. He was a tailor and was asked to fix the USA Flag by President. He was closest tailor in Johnstown, Pennsylvania that worked with silk.
I honor my Mother in law for her strength and strong love of her family and friends.
I commend her for still doing charity work and stays very busy on Penn State campus.
And for being a Rosie the riveter that put dentenator on bombs.
Her husband had also sErved


I want to thank all the Rosies that helped all of us keep our freedom! God Bless all of you and all of our service men/women.

This broadcast is made possible by the taxpayers. It should not be an add at the end for the Trump Administration.

Congratulations Rosie's into your induction into the Hall of Fame where the board of Labor Statistics I'm James Ryan a US Marine and I appreciate everything you have done God bless you all

It shouldn't have taken this long to honor these women.

My grandmother was a sheet metal worker, during WWII. It would have been nice, had you honored them in the 70's or 80's, when they were still alive.