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  Rosie the Riveter Congressional Gold Medal Act of 2019 Signed into Law
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Public Law No: 116-195 (12/03/2020)

[116th Congress Public Law 195]
[From the U.S. Government Publishing Office]


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                         GOLD MEDAL ACT OF 2019

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Public Law 116-195
116th Congress

                                 An Act


 To award a Congressional Gold Medal, collectively, to the women in the
 United States who joined the workforce during World War II, providing
 the aircraft, vehicles, weaponry, ammunition and other material to win
the war, that were referred to as ``Rosie the Riveter'', in recognition
  of their contributions to the United States and the inspiration they
  have provided to ensuing generations. <<NOTE: Dec. 3, 2020 -  [H.R.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the
United States of America in Congress assembled, <<NOTE: Rosie the
Riveter Congressional Gold Medal Act of 2019. 31 USC 5111 note.>>

    This Act may be cited as the ``Rosie the Riveter Congressional Gold
Medal Act of 2019''.

    Congress finds the following:
            (1) Over 70 years ago there was a call to action, a demand
        for workers to fill the vacancies left by the men who went to
        fight in the war.
            (2) More than 6 million women answered the call then,
        entering the workforce during World War II and providing the
        equipment, weaponry and ammunition to achieve final victory and
        end the war.
            (3) These women left their homes to work or volunteer full-
        time in factories, farms, shipyards, airplane factories, banks,
        and other institutions in support of the military overseas.
            (4) They worked with the United Service Organizations and
        the American Red Cross, drove trucks, riveted airplane parts,
        collected critical materials, rolled bandages, and served on
        rationing boards.
            (5) Our ``Rosie the Riveter'', the women who worked and
        sacrificed to strengthen this country during World War II, are
        among the greatest living heroines in the United States.
            (6) These women persevered, despite often facing harassment
        from their male colleagues and disapproval from their male
        family members, and all the while continued to maintain their
        ``other jobs'' as caretakers of children and their households.
            (7) Minority women also overcame long-held policies of
        discrimination and made significant contributions to the war
            (8) Because of the ``Rosies'', Federal, State, and local
        agencies coordinated with business owners to develop childcare
        programs and other supports for working mothers.

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            (9) The example that these women set during World War II
        continues to inspire us and blaze a path for the working women
        and young girls of today.
            (10) Specifically, the images of ``Rosie the Riveter'' and
        the phrase ``We Can Do It'' continue to symbolize the
        empowerment of women today, representing patriotic women who
        want to serve and strengthen their country, and to inspire young
        girls to become ``21st Century Rosies'' by aspiring to, and
        attaining positions of leadership in all walks of life in

    (a) Rosie the Riveter.--The term ``Rosie the Riveter'' includes any
female individual who held employment or volunteered in support of the
war efforts during World War II.
    (b) Secretary.--The term ``Secretary'' means the Secretary of the

    (a) Award Authorized.--The Speaker of the House of Representatives
and the President pro tempore of the Senate shall make appropriate
arrangements for the award, on behalf of Congress, of a single gold
medal of appropriate design in commemoration to Rosie the Riveter,
collectively, in recognition of their contributions to the Nation and
the inspiration they have provided to ensuing generations.
    (b) <<NOTE: Determination.>>  Design and Striking.--For the purposes
of the award referred to in subsection (a), the Secretary of the
Treasury (referred to in this Act as the ``Secretary'') shall strike the
gold medal with suitable emblems, devices, and inscriptions, to be
determined by the Secretary.

    (c) National Museum of American History.--
            (1) In general.--Following the award of the gold medal under
        subsection (a), the gold medal shall be given to the National
        Museum of American History of the Smithsonian Institution, where
        it shall be available for display as appropriate and made
        available for research.
            (2) Sense of congress.--It is the sense of Congress that the
        National Museum of American History shall make the gold medal
        received under paragraph (1) available for display elsewhere,
        particularly at other appropriate locations associated with
        Rosie the Riveter.

    The Secretary may strike and sell duplicates in bronze of the gold
medal struck pursuant to section 4 under such regulations as the
Secretary may prescribe, at a price sufficient to cover the cost
thereof, including labor, materials, dies, use of machinery, and
overhead expenses, and the cost of the gold medal.

    (a) National Medals.--The medals struck pursuant to this Act are
national medals for purposes of chapter 51 of title 31, United States
    (b) Numismatic Items.--For purposes of section 5134 of title 31,
United States Code, all medals struck under this Act shall be considered
to be numismatic items.

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    The budgetary effects of this Act, for the purpose of complying with
the Statutory Pay-As-You-Go Act of 2010, shall be determined by
reference to the latest statement titled ``Budgetary Effects of PAYGO
Legislation'' for this Act, submitted for printing in the Congressional
Record by the Chairman of the House Budget Committee, provided that such
statement has been submitted prior to the vote on passage.

    Approved December 3, 2020.


                                                        Vol. 165 (2019):
                                    Nov. 13, considered and passed
                                                        Vol. 166 (2020):
                                    Nov. 12, considered and passed