A piece of legislation pushed forward by area lawmakers and a Bristol Township resident was signed into law by President Donald Trump on Friday.
The president signed the Rosie the Riveter Congressional Gold Medal Act that will award the Congressional Gold Medal to the women served as Rosie the Riveters during World War II.
The bill received bipartisan support in the House of Representatives and Senate. Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick, a Republican from Middletown Township, and Sen. Bob Casey, a Democrat who represents the Keystone state, were major advocates for the bill.
Mae Krier, a resident on Bristol Township’s Levittown section who worked to build bombers out west during World War II, has championed the honor for her fellow Rosie the Riveters around the country for years.
“This is amazing,” Krier told LevittownNow.com in response to the bill being signed into law.
Rosie the Riveters were key in the American war effort. They worked across the country, including in Bucks County, and led to about one out of every four married women working outside the home during the war.
“This recognition and honor is long overdue and I am proud of the bipartisan and bicameral work that got us here,” said Fitzpatrick. “The ‘Rosie the Riveters’ embodied the ‘we can do it’ spirit forever connected with the famous poster. Levittown’s Mae Krier was instrumental in the efforts to gain support for our bill. We would not have gotten to this point without Mae’s tireless advocacy for her fellow ‘Rosies’, and I am incredibly proud to represent her in Congress.”
“Millions of women helped support our troops during WWII, whether they worked on assembly lines, addressed the troops’ medical needs or tended to ships and farms. These ‘Rosie the Riveters’ have set an example of the ‘we Can Do It’ spirit for decades, and this recognition of their tremendous service and patriotism is long overdue,” Casey said.
In addition to Fitzpatrick and Casey, the Rosie the Riveter Congressional Gold Medal Act was championed by Congresswoman Jackie Speier, a Democrat from California, and Sen. Susan Collins, a Republican from Maine.
Krier said she received calls from around the country and area about the president signing the bill. She said she heard directly from Casey, Fitzpatrick, Speiers, and a few other lawmakers.
“It took a long time, but we finally got our bill passed,” she said.