Women workers of World War II encouraged to share their stories

American Rosie the Riveter Association is trying to locate women in Pratt and the surrounding area who worked on the home front during World War II. Thousands of women worked to support the war effort as riveters, welders, electricians, inspectors in plants, sewing clothing and parachutes for the military, ordnance workers, rolling bandages, clerical and many other jobs such as volunteer workers collecting scrap metals and other critical materials.

These women have stories of their experiences that are of historical value and perhaps have never been told. American Rosie the Riveter Association is in the process of collecting those stories to be put in its archives.

American Rosie the Riveter Association is a patriotic non-profit organization whose purpose is to recognize and preserve the history and legacy of working women during WWII. The organization was founded in 1998 by Dr. Frances Carter, Birmingham, Ala., and now has more than 4,000 members nationwide.

If you are a woman (or descendant of a woman) who worked during World War II, or if you are just interested in more information, please call the toll free number 1-888-557-6743 or e-mail americanrosietheriveter2@yahoo.com. The organization can also be contacted at P.O. Box 188, Kimberly, AL 35091.

Please also call the Tribune at 620-672-5511 or e-mail lifestyles@pratttribune.com if you have a story to share or know someone who does.

Who may join ARRA?

Rosie: Any woman who worked for pay in a war-related industry or agency, such as shipyard, aircraft factory, armory, munitions plan, War Department, ration board, etc., or in any job that was usually held by a man, thus releasing a man for military duty. Examples are: service station operator, police officer, tax or bus driver, farming, construction worker, etc.

Rosie Volunteer: An woman who worked as a volunteer on a sustained basis in a war-related activity, such as entertaining troops, collecting critical materials, growing a victory garden, rolling bandages, looking for enemy planes, participating in USO, Red Cross, or fund-raising activities.

Rosebud: Female descendant of a Rosie or Rosie Volunteer.

Auxiliary member (Rivet): Male descendant or spouse of a Rose, Rosie Volunteer or Rosebud.

21st Century Rosie: A woman who currently works or has retired in a job that prior to World War II was considered “man’s work.” Examples: plumber, machinist, police officer, politician, pilot.

Rosebud Partners or Rivet Partners: People of either gender who may not be able to establish eligibility through their ancestors may join by pledging support for ARRA’s purpose.

A lifetime membership, varying by membership category from $10 to $50, is asked. There are currently no annual dues.