IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
March 27, 2019
Mr. Casey (for himself, Ms. Collins, and Ms. Murkowski) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
To award a Congressional Gold Medal, collectively, to the women in the United States who joined the workforce during World War II, providing the aircraft, vehicles, weaponry, ammunition, and other materials to win the war, that were referred to as
Rosie the Riveter, in recognition of their contributions to the United States and the inspiration they have provided to ensuing generations.
This Act may be cited as the
Rosie the Riveter Congressional Gold Medal Act of 2019.
Congress finds the following:
Over 70 years ago there was a call to action, a demand for workers to fill the vacancies left by the men who went to fight in the war.
More than 6,000,000 women answered the call then, entering the workforce during World War II and providing the equipment, weaponry, and ammunition to achieve final victory and end the war.
These women left their homes to work or volunteer full-time in factories, farms, shipyards, airplane factories, banks, and other institutions in support of the military overseas.
They worked with the United Service Organizations and the American Red Cross, drove trucks, riveted airplane parts, collected critical materials, rolled bandages, and served on rationing boards.
Rosie the Riveter, the women who worked and sacrificed to strengthen this country during World War II, are among the greatest living heroines in the United States.
These women persevered, despite often facing harassment from their male colleagues and disapproval from their male family members, and all the while continued to maintain their
other jobs as caretakers of children and their households.
Minority women also overcame long-held policies of discrimination and made significant contributions to the war effort.
Because of the
Rosies, Federal, State, and local agencies coordinated with business owners to develop child care programs and other supports for working mothers.
The example that these women set during World War II continues to inspire us and blaze a path for the working women of today.
Specifically, the images of
Rosie the Riveter and the phrase
We Can Do It continue to symbolize the empowerment of women today, representing patriotic women who want to serve and strengthen their country and to inspire young girls to become
21st Century Rosies by aspiring to and attaining positions of leadership in all walks of life in the United States.
Rosie the Riveter
Rosie the Riveter includes any female individual who held employment or volunteered in support of the war efforts during World War II.
Secretary means the Secretary of the Treasury.
Congressional Gold Medal
The President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives shall make appropriate arrangements for the award, on behalf of Congress, of a single gold medal of appropriate design to Rosie the Riveter, collectively, in recognition of their contributions to the United States and the inspiration they have provided to ensuing generations.
Design and striking
For the purpose of the award referred to in subsection (a), the Secretary shall strike the gold medal with suitable emblems, devices, and inscriptions, to be determined by the Secretary.
National Museum of American History
Following the award of the gold medal in honor of Rosie the Riveter, the gold medal shall be given to the National Museum of American History of the Smithsonian Institution, where it will be available for display as appropriate and made available for research.
Sense of Congress
It is the sense of Congress that the National Museum of American History should make the gold medal received under paragraph (1) available for display elsewhere, particularly at other appropriate locations associated with Rosie the Riveter.
Under such regulations as the Secretary may prescribe, the Secretary may strike and sell duplicates in bronze of the gold medal struck under section 4, at a price sufficient to cover the costs of the medals, including labor, materials, dies, use of machinery, and overhead expenses.
Amounts received from the sale of the duplicates under subsection (a) shall be deposited in the United States Mint Public Enterprise Fund established under section 5136 of title 31, United States Code.
Status of medals
Medals struck under this Act are national medals for purposes of chapter 51 of title 31, United States Code.
For purposes of section 5134 of title 31, United States Code, all medals struck under this Act shall be considered to be numismatic items.