Allentown, Pa. - Bipartisan legislation cosponsored by U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) seeks to honor a World War II icon, Rosie the Riveter.

The Rosie the Riveter Congressional Gold Medal Act (S. 892) honors the cultural icon that galvanized women to join the workforce and assist with the war effort by directing the Treasury Department to strike a gold medal. The medal would honor not only Rosie the Riveter, but all the women who joined the workforce during this time.

"World War II called upon Americans to serve in different ways," said Senator Toomey. "While brave service members fought abroad, women all across the nation were inspired to join the workforce due to the iconic image of Rosie the Riveter. By honoring this cultural icon, we enshrine the contributions of those women."

"Our nation owes a big debt of gratitude to women who worked tirelessly and with great dedication during the World War II to support America's war effort against enemies of freedom. Many thousands of women worked in factories, with tools in their hands and sweat on their brows, to build and test machines, and supply ammunitions, that were needed on the front lines. Without this incredible workforce of women, our fighting forces overseas may not have had everything they needed to defeat the Axis forces. Therefore, the VFW supports the creation of this medal and its placement in the National Museum of American History," said Wayne D. Perry, Pennsylvania State Commander of the Pennsylvania Veterans of Foreign Wars.

The legislation is supported by:

  • Pennsylvania Veterans of Foreign Wars
  • Marine Corps League
  • American Legion Post 405
  • Philadelphia Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund
  • SMART States Congressional Initiative