by Tony Rutherford HuntingtonNews.Net Reporter
Rosies Helped U.S. Win World War II

Recognizing the sacrifices of women who helped win World War II and pioneered the women’s movement, the women came from all walks of life to fill in on manufacturing jobs left vacant by men drafted to fight for their country.

Collectively known as “Rosie the Riveters”, their stories have mostly gone untold and their accomplishments unrecognized.

However, at 3 p.m. Tuesday, May 21, the state office building at 2699 Park Avenue will be renamed to honor these women. The site was  in the 40s, a plant where “Rosies” worked.

Thanks Plain and Simple has galvanized the effort to raise awareness of these pioneers, spearheading ways in which communities can recognize, honor and learn from Rosies that are still alive.

Buddie Curbutte explained,“I never thought when I was riveting Kitty Hawk airplanes in New York state that I was doing anything special.I am also a veteran, and I can say, at age 88, that I now see that we women workers at home simply did know we were important, too”.

In addition to establishing community parks and other legacies, Captain Bill Bonnett (retired U.S. Navy), board member of Thanks Plain and Simple, would like to see the women recognized with their own monument for Rosies at Washington D.C.’s World War II memorial.

Following an 2012 appearance on The Today Show, hostess Katie Curry commented, “It is clear you have made an overwhelming difference. Thank you for making it easy for us to shine a light on women who deserve to be known".

Segment producer Robin Sindler told Ann Montague via email, “These ladies owe you as much and it is truly incredible what you’ve done with all of them. I know they are truly special.

On Wednesday, May 22 at the Pullman Plaza the WV Rosie the Riveter documentary will be shown at 2:30 p.m. on the second floor. A meet and greet follows. At 5:40 p.m. the unveiling of Blenko glass art depicting Rosies in the Second World War will be unveiled at the hotel, where it will be permanently displayed.