WASHINGTON, D.C. — In observance of National Women’s History Month, Rep. Jared Huffman who represents the North Coast was among California senators who introduced a resolution to honor the millions of women who supported the war effort on the home front during World War II.
Reps. Huffman, Brian Fitzpatrick, Jackie Speier, and Mark DeSaulnier introduced a bipartisan resolution to recognize March 21, 2020, as "National Rosie the Riveter Day."
“During the Second World War, countless women answered the call of service by taking on new roles to support the wartime efforts at home,” Rep. Huffman said. “These ‘Rosies’ made tremendous sacrifices and contributions, redefining women’s role in the workforce, and setting a powerful example for women across the country. Decades later, they continue to inspire the generations who have followed in their footsteps. I have the privilege of representing some of these Rosies here in Congress and know the importance of continuing to honor them and the rest of these heroines for their bravery and service.”
Between 1940 and 1945, the percent of women in the workforce jumped from 27% to nearly 37%, and by the end of the war, nearly one out of every four married women worked outside the home. These "Rosies" took positions across various industries, but the aviation industry saw the biggest increase of female workers – with more than 310,000 working in the aircraft industry in 1943, representing 65% of its workforce.
In a press release, Rep. Huffman said 98-year-old Phyllis Gould of Fairfax was one of the first six women to work as Navy-certified journeyman welders at the Kaiser-Richmond shipyards from 1942-45, providing the weapons and ammunition to help end the war.
March 21 has been designated "Rosie the Riveter Day" thanks to yearly congressional resolutions every year since 2017.