Like most things, the Detroit-area factory where feminist icon , American icon, and fall-back Halloween costume Rosie the Riveter worked was slated to be razed. But it’s has been saved thanks to an $8 million campaign by the group Save the Willow Run Bomber Plant. From the Detroit Free Press:
Although women performed what had been male-dominated roles in plants all over the country during the war, it was a Willow Run worker — one of an untold number of women in its 40,000-person workforce — who caught the eye of Hollywood producers casting a “riveter” for a government film about the war effort at home.
Rose Will Monroe, a Kentucky native who moved to Michigan during the war, starred as herself in the film and became one of the best-known figures of that era. She represented the thousands of Rosies who took factory jobs making munitions, weaponry and other items while the nation’s men were off fighting in Europe and the Pacific.
Yay! Pretty great! It’s going to be the new home of the Yankee Air Museum, with an exhibit on Rosie and Rosies. Do I smell a Tourism for Weirdos in our future?