Buddie Curnutte, Board Member for Thanks! Plain and Simple (“Thanks!”). She exemplifies the abilities and desires of Rosies to assure that their legacy will be passed to the future, validly and meaningfully. She grew up in Appalachian New York state where she was a riveter on Kitty Hawk airplanes, then she became a medical technician in the Coast Guard, where she met and married Earl Curnutte, a West Virginian, who had lost a leg and had other injuries.“I am both a veteran and a Rosie. At age 88, I now see that we Rosies need to learn more about what we did, so that we can teach what we have done and are doing.
We’ve all seen them, the iconic and commanding images of a woman clad in anything but traditional, WWII period garb, rebelling by flexing her arm in resistance to the mechanical, German army and maybe even privately to American men, as well. This celebrated image is of “Rosie the Riveter”, a stubborn symbol of the woman who can work to support herself, “her man” at war, and the rest of her family, too.
According to History.com, American women “entered the workforce in unprecedented numbers during World War II, as widespread male enlistment left gaping holes in the industrial labor force.” From the perspective of women in the late thirties and early forties and from that of women today, perhaps the rise of the Germans served them positively. Had they not had the chance to show the men in control that they really could “do it”, they would likely not have been given