Rosie the Riveter is perhaps the most iconic image of an American woman's participation in World War II.  Clad in work clothing, she raised her fist to Nazis, Japanese, saboteurs, and anything that could detract from the war effort.  She was fierce, strong, and a hard worker.  She was also a character; but behind every character, there is truth.  Rosie may have been idealized, but across the nation, there were women who labored nearly every day of the week and prayed for their brothers, sons, and sweethearts to come home. 
    One town that exemplified these efforts was Holland, Michigan.  Part college town, part farming town, part industrial town, Holland felt the absence of men in many areas.  The women stepped up as manual laborers who produced thousands of ball bearings used in military planes, bought war bonds, knitted for servicemen, and kept Hope College afloat.  These women proved themselves courageous and fortified in a time of uncertainty.