When you think about World War II veterans, you likely think only of men. But, there was a different kind of veteran that fought for the war right here in the United States—the American women who answered the call to become Rosie the Riveters.
When millions of men left the country to fight in the war, these women stepped up to do some key jobs in American factories to produce the equipment necessary for the war, including Ford’s Willow Run Bomber Plant.
Recently, Ford helped sponsor an Honor Flight just for women to help pay tribute to some of the Rosie the Riveters who played an invaluable role in securing our freedom. In addition to their role in the war, these women Riveters helped change the American workforce for good and opened up many opportunities for women.
“These women not only helped win a war, they paved the way for future generations to achieve economic and personal independence,” said Jim Vella, president, Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services, the philanthropic arm of Ford, in a statement. “It is an honor to celebrate their vital contributions to our country and the cause of freedom.”
The Honor Flight took 30 women to Washington, D.C. for a special luncheon at the Library of Congress in their honor. They also got to visit to the World War II memorial and met with members of Congress. Join us at Sun State Ford in honoring these women by helping to spread the word of their efforts in the war.