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Speaker Johnson Presents Congressional Gold Medal to Rosie the Riveter

by Minden Press-Herald

Washington, D.C. – Speaker Mike Johnson of the House of Representatives honored Rosie the Riveter, emblematic of the women who played vital roles in the United States’ World War II efforts, with the Congressional Gold Medal in a ceremony held at Emancipation Hall in the U.S. Capitol. The event was attended by a multitude of Congressional members and featured speeches from various dignitaries, including Leader Jeffries, Representative Brian Fitzpatrick, Senators Bob Casey, Susan Collins, and former Representative Jackie Speier.

Mae Krier, an original Rosie the Riveter who contributed to the war effort by manufacturing aircraft in Seattle between 1943 and 1945, accepted the medal on behalf of the estimated 6 million women who joined the workforce during the war, significantly aiding the provision of essential equipment, weaponry, and ammunition to achieve victory.

During the ceremony, Speaker Johnson highlighted the unparalleled dedication and contributions of the Rosies, emphasizing their perseverance and tireless work ethic. He recounted President Roosevelt’s observation during a factory tour, where women remained steadfast in their duties, embodying unwavering commitment and patriotism.

“We recognize these Rosies, and millions more, because they all sacrificed time away from home and used their God-given gifts and talents for the good of our nation and for military victory against the Axis powers,” Speaker Johnson remarked.

He also underscored the Rosies’ advocacy for gender and racial equality, acknowledging their pivotal role in challenging societal norms and paving the way for future generations of women. Speaker Johnson expressed gratitude to the Rosies for their enduring legacy and invaluable contributions to the nation’s history.

The Congressional Gold Medal ceremony served as a poignant tribute to the remarkable women who played a pivotal role in shaping America’s wartime history and advancing the cause of equality.

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