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September 21, 2020

Inhofe Joins Legislation to Award Congressional Gold Medal to Rosie the Riveter

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) joined bipartisan legislation introduced by Bob Casey (D-Pa.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) to collectively award a Congressional Gold Medal to Rosie the Riveter, representing all of the women in the United States who joined the workforce during World War II.  

These American women dedicated themselves to strengthening our nation during WWII. Rosie the Riveter embodies the spirit of all the women who answered our nation’s call to action by joining the work force and learning new jobs. Many of these women worked in jobs that were critical towards the war effort. They rose to the challenge and set a powerful example for all Americans. Today, their example continues to inspire generations of women to embody the “We Can Do It” spirit.

“I am proud to join legislation to collectively recognize all of the women in the U.S. who joined the workforce during WWII and were referred to as ‘Rosie the Riveter’—especially those from Oklahoma,” Inhofe said. “These women saw a need in WWII and they stepped up to serve without a moment’s notice. The minimum they deserve for their selfless service and sacrifice is the Congressional Gold Medal. I hope my colleagues in the Senate will see its importance and swiftly consider it.”

Rose State College interviewed 16 Rosies in 2003 and catalogued their stories.

“Rose State College sits just outside the gates of Tinker Air Force Base and for decades our purpose has been to educate the service men and women on base,” stated Dr. Jeanie Webb, President of Rose State College. “These women [Rosie the Riveters] played a vital role in WWII and we are proud to educate women of the future in the same community where many began their inspiring work.”

A copy of the legislation can be found here.

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