Rosie the Riveter Joins Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame

Nov 03, 2017

With her determined spirit and “can-do” attitude, Rosie the Riveter was inducted into the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame, receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Michigan Women’s Studies Association. Rosie’s nomination was submitted by the Yankee Air Museum to recognize and honor the female defense workers rising to meet the home front industrial challenges in World War II. Collectively, these unstoppable women became known as Rosie the Riveter.


At the event, five Original Rosies and six Tribute Rosies accepted the award on behalf of women who answered the call working at the Willow Run Bomber Plant located in Ypsilanti or at other factories throughout Michigan. 

Five million women entered the workforce between 1940-1945, many taking on jobs in defense plants and factories around the country. Rosie the Riveter has come to represent these female defense workers and the 350,000 female service members whose talents and strength were critical to ending the deadliest conflict in history.

Rosie joined the likes of Rosa Parks, Betty Ford, Serina Williams, and many other Michigan women who have made a positively enduring contribution to the world.  A search revealed that Michigan, fittingly, appears to be the first state to induct the class of women known as Rosie the Riveters into a state Hall of Fame.

“Yankee Air Museum and its corps of Tribute Rosies extend heartfelt thanks to the Michigan Women’s Historical Center & Hall of Fame selection committee for the detailed review of Rosie the Riveter nomination. Rosie the Riveter inspires people to dream, persevere, and do great things,” said Alison Beatty, a member of the Yankee Public Relations Committee. “Hundreds of thousands of women worked in Detroit and around Michigan to produce the war materiel that helped give our state the nickname ‘Arsenal of Democracy.’”

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I donated to the museum in my mother’s name, Virginia A. (Moen) Wolter. She wasn’t a riveter, but she worked in the office of a contractor. She also encouraged me, without exception, to get my education and go out in the world. To me, that’s as great a gift as supporting the war effort in the Ypsi factory.

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