Rosie the Riveter was an icon for working women during World War II. Rosie and thousands of other women working at the Willow Run Bomber Plant in Ypsilanti Township, Michigan built over 8,600 B-24 bombers that went on to help the Allied forces win the war.
The plant at Willow Run has since been closed down, and is scheduled to be demolished. However, a group of former riveters, or “Rosies,” were able to raise nearly $8 million in order to save a portion of the plant, which they plan to turn into a museum.
During World War II, the women at Willow Run were so efficient that they were able to build and complete an entire B-24 bomber in just an hour, and they worked tirelessly to churn out those bombers for the Allies fighting overseas.
The “Save the Bomber Plant” campaign continues to raise money to fund the museum’s exhibits and any additional expenses.
This video, made shortly before reaching the initial goal, discusses more about Rosie the Riveter and the campaign to save the plant.Whizzco