Rosie the Riveter is one of those icons from World War II that people still remember even after all these years.
As previously reported by The Inquisitr, the real life Rosie the Riveter, Geraldine Hoff Doyle, died back in 2010. More recently, Rosie the Riveter was used in a Swiffer commercial that feminists considered demeaning.
The Willow Run Bomber Plant in Detroit produced nearly 9,000 B-24 Liberator bombers and Rosie the Riveter was used as a showcase for how women could do a “man’s work.” After the war was over the factory switched back to producing automobiles for General Motors. But GM closed the factory in 2010.
Unfortunately, the Rosie the Riveter factory is set to be demolished on Thursday. The Yankee Air Museum, whose headquarters burned down in 2004, hopes to purchase the Rosie the Riveter factory, but they need to raise $3.5 million very quickly.
Dennis Norton, president of the Michigan Aerospace Foundation, says the Rosie the Riveter factory should be saved from being demolished:
“We now have the opportunity to actually take a piece of this plant. It’s due to be demolished over the next two or three years. There’s no further use for it. It’s too big. It’s too old to be used in modern-day manufacturing.”
The “Save the Willow Run Bomber Plant” fundraiser has pulled together $4.5 million, but they are $3.5 million short from their $8 million goal necessary to acquire not only the Rosie the Riveter factory, but also utility services like water, gas, and electric. The Rosie the Riveter factory is filled with debris and rusted-out equipment left behind by GM.
Do you think the Rosie the Riveter factory should be saved?