Thank you for your article on three West Virginia Rosie the Riveters. It is such recognition of these women that we work to accomplish in our nonprofit organization, Thanks! Plain and Simple, Inc.
There were as many women working on the home front during World War II as there were troops — 6,000,000. Yet, nationally, relatively few of these "Rosies" have been asked what they did and why.
We at "Thanks!" take seriously that these women helped shorten the war, were pioneers of new roles for women in the workforce, and then nurtured combat veterans without support systems.
We also take seriously that Rosies should be involved in passing their legacy validly to the future — the best people to tell Rosies' stories are Rosies themselves.
Communities throughout America should be encouraged to know these women. We cannot do all the work even in West Virginia, so we help create a model others will follow.
With the help of the Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation, we have created the first Model Rosie the Riveter Community in America here in the Greater Kanawha Valley, in order to show other communities in America what they, too, can do.
On Oct. 7, we gave an award to Brunswick, Md., for being the first model Bluebirds for Rosie City in America, starting from our work here to prove the public learns the Rosies' stories by learning why bluebirds were a symbol of hope during the war.
In short, we strive to show our work in West Virginia is an example for many to follow. Your article on Mozelle Brown, Rosalee Sutyak, and Della Caldwell helps us show that "the valley" is leading by example.