During WWII, Brookdale Novi resident, Marie Zurek did what many women at that time did…she rolled up her sleeves and went to work. During WWII women like Marie, commonly referred to as a “Rosie”, worked in the jobs traditionally reserved for men.
Marie worked in the Detroit area. She started out making .77 cents an hour, eventually earning up to $1.12 an hour. She rented a room from an older woman, sharing it with another Rosie. The two took the bus to work.
“It was challenging to be away from my parents,” said Marie. “As a young girl, it was difficult. It was hard to get a ride to where they lived.”
She was already a Rosie when she became engaged and married Stanley Cartier in 1946. Stanley was in the Army and stationed in Europe during the war.
Marie is both proud and grateful to have been able to do something for her country.
Rosie the Riveter is a cultural icon of WWII; she represents the women who worked in factories and shipyards, she evokes heroic women who assumed jobs traditionally held by men. Nearly 19 million women held jobs during WWII, including Marie. Rosie was made iconic by Norman Rockwell’s painting in 1943. Women have responded to Rosie the Riveter in different ways, including as an image of female empowerment.
On Saturday, November 3rd, 11 local Rosies, members of the Amerian Rosie the Riveter Association, and several Rose Buds (granddaughters and great-granddaughters of Rosies) were celebrated at a special lunch and tea at the community.