This Labor Day, Ring a Bell for Rosies

The National Bell Festival invites bells across the nation to ring out this Labor Day in support of the countless women who worked on the home front during World War II. Collectively known as Rosies (from the Rosie the Riveter cultural icon), these women worked in factories, farms, shipyards, and more with one singular and united focus: to support, shorten, and win the war. 

As America presses pause to recognize the works and contributions of laborers to the achievements of our nation, we cannot forget the strength and resilience of the Rosies. Our time with the remaining Rosies is limited – all are above 90 years old. Show your appreciation by ringing bells anytime this Labor Day: Monday, Sept. 4, 2023. 

Cathedrals and churches, community organizations and historical structures, national parks and memorials, and people from coast to coast are encouraged to gather and contribute to the sound. Don’t have access to a bell tower? Stand on your porch and proudly ring a handheld bell. The simple act of bell ringing is meant to honor the legacy of these incredible women.

Learn more about Rosies and their impact on the world by exploring the American Rosie Movement, which is organizing this nationwide ringing event. Their work seeks to carry on the Rosie spirit of cooperative civic engagement.

Cover image: A young girl smiles as she rings a handheld teacher’s bell outside.