Real-life Rosie the Riveter is 94 and Serving Her Country a Second Time

A woman who was one of World War II’s “Rosie the Riveters” is now back at work to help her country, just like she did 75 years ago. When Mae Krier was just 17 she left her family’s home in Levittown, Pennsylvania to head to Seattle to build B-17s and B-29s for Boeing. And now she’s 94 and she’s rolling up her sleeves again, this time to make face masks to help stop the spread of the coronavirus.

Krier has been busy sewing face masks during the pandemic and she’s made hundreds of them so far. She even makes them using the iconic red and white polka dot fabric the “Rosies” were known for. “If one of these little face masks can save one life, I’ve done my job,” she says.

In addition to the face masks, Krier is on another mission - to get the Rosie the Riveters recognized for their work. She says they’re working really hard to get the Congressional Gold Medal and that the House has passed it, but they’re having trouble with the Senate. And she’s also optimistic about the future because of what she experienced in the past. “When World War II was declared, every man, woman and child just dropped everything to save our country,” she explains. “It wasn’t my job or your job; it was our job.” Krier’s message to America now is simple: “We can do it!”

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