About the Author, Jeannette Gutierrez:
I’m a Michigan native and a big fan of the World War II generation, also known as the “Greatest Generation.” I am a member of the American Rosie the Riveter Association (ARRA), a national organization founded in 1998 by the WWII “Rosies” themselves to capture their stories and preserve their legacy. I am also a principal founder of Yankee Air Museum’s “Tribute Rosies.” The best part of my volunteer activities are the many wonderful stories I’ve heard, and the Rosies and Veterans I have met! I live in Ypsilanti, Michigan, home of the famed Willow Run Bomber Plant.
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About the American Rosie the Riveter Association (ARRA):
Founded in 1998 by Dr. Frances Tunnell Carter, a “Rosie the Riveter” from Alabama, the purpose of ARRA is to preserve the legacy of the working women of WWII. Many women kept things going on the Home Front by taking over jobs vacated by the men who went to war. They were riveters, welders, railroad workers, farmers, elevator operators, baseball players, USO entertainers, Red Cross volunteers, Civil Defense volunteers, scrap drive organizers, government workers, War Bonds fundraisers, and more. All women who helped the war effort on the Home Front are considered to be “Rosie the Riveters.”
About ARRA’s Willow Run Chapter:
Our Chapter is proud to be based in the Detroit area, and Ypsilanti in particular. Southeastern Michigan became known the world over as headquarters of the great “Arsenal of Democracy,” as automakers and suppliers retooled for war production. Ford Motor Company’s famed Willow Run Bomber Plant, located in Ypsilanti, produced a B-24 bomber every hour during WWII. The American production miracle embodied by Willow Run was largely responsible for the swift and just resolution of the deadliest conflict in history.
Willow Run is also the home of Rose Will Monroe, from Pulaski, KY, credited as being the original “Rosie the Riveter.” She was featured in WWII-era newsreels alongside famous actor Walter Pidgeon as the real-life “Rosie” behind the propaganda icon.
If you love Rosie the Riveter as much as I do, I encourage you to help save her legacy by joining the American Rosie the Riveter Association (ARRA) at www.rosietheriveter.net and by visiting our ARRA Willow Run Chapter website to see how you can help us preserve Rosie’s legacy in Michigan, at www.arrawillowrun.org.
And for the love of all things “Rosie” follow our ARRA Willow Run Chapter on Facebook at www.facebook.com/michiganrosies