When the United States entered World War II in December 1941, and the men were sent to war, a shortage of workers in factories was declared. To fulfill this demand, women were recruited to the work force. Approximately six million women were called to work in manufacturing plants while the men were off fighting the war.
This change in the standards of society met some resistance, so the government established the “Rosie the Riveter” campaign. Rosie and her “We Can Do It!” slogan were featured in newspapers, magazines and posters. To this day, “Rosie” is considered a feminist icon in the United States.
Because these women nobly stepped up to fill job vacancies, I, along with the rest of the Long Island Assembly minority delegation, am pleased to unveil a plan to honor Rosie the Riveter, by recognizing these women.
My colleagues and I would like to award special certificates that recognize and pay tribute to these hard-working, patriotic women whose sacrifice helped support wartime production. This program is similar to “Operation Recognition,” which awards high school diplomas to veterans of World War II, Korea or Vietnam who did not receive them because they were called to serve prior to graduation.
One of the courageous women we plan to honor is Josephine Rachielle of West Babylon. Josephine was employed at the Republic factory, an old airplane manufacturing company, where she helped construct planes that would eventually go into battle. We also plan to recognize Anne D’Angelo of North Haven who worked at Long Island’s Grumman facility constructing military planes, as well as Mary Heena and Catherine O’Regan.
I feel honored to be a part of this program to recognize these admirable women. If you consider yourself a “Rosie,” or know someone who deserves the recognition, please contact my district office by calling (631) 537-2583.