This month we shine a spotlight on the contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society.
One woman the Netherlands Embassy would like to acknowledge is Rosie the Riveter. Rosie was not one single woman, but an American icon representing all women who worked in US factories to build the machines and munitions that soldiers used to fight World War II.
We recognize the important work of the Rosies. Their work greatly supported America’s effort to liberate the Netherlands, and still resonates today, more than 75 after years the liberation of the Netherlands. The people of the Netherlands will never forget their commitment and dedication.
In May 2015, a pink dogwood tree dedicated to the Rosies was planted on the embassy grounds. In September 2020, the embassy unveiled a plaque in tribute to the Rosies, right next to the tree.
Last year we also screened a video tribute:
Recognition of African American Rosies
It is also important to acknowledge the 600,000 Black women who were Rosies. This year, the embassy is teaming up with the DC Library and filmmaker Gregory S. Cooke to tell their forgotten stories.
The first event will be on March 21, “National Rosies the Riveter Day.” It is the digital screening of Cooke’s documentary, “Invisible Warriors: African American Women of World War II.” Register for the event here.