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Ann Arbor — She was walking home from her part-time job she had in college when a man appeared, pointed a gun at her and told her she’d better do what he told her.
Natasha Alexenko, then a 20-year-old student in New York, thought she was getting robbed, or that the man was running from police. Instead, he guided her back to her apartment building, where he raped and sodomized her.
Her hands covered in oil, 18-year-old Phyllis Roullier assembled motor parts from morning to night at the Willow Run Bomber Plant to help win World War II.
On Monday, the now 97-year-old "Rosie the Riveter" of Belleville returned to the B-24 bomber plant's enormous remaining building.
"I used to like walking down to the end and see the planes taking off, because it made me feel really good to see they made it off the ground," she said. "We used to think how proud we were to see the work that we had accomplished."
DEARBORN, MI – U.S. Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (MI-12) released the following statement on the Supreme Court’s ruling in Voisine v. United States, which upheld laws that prevent domestic abusers from accessing guns.
“Having spoken in a very personal way about this issue last week, today's decision by the Supreme Court is a victory for those who have been impacted by guns and domestic abuse. It should be commonsense that someone convicted of domestic violence should not have access to a gun.
DEARBORN, MI – U.S. Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (MI-12) released the following statement on the Supreme Court’s ruling in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, nearly 500 clergy members, faith leaders and national faith-based organizations added their support to the bipartisan Zero Tolerance for Domestic Abusers Act, legislation introduced by U.S. Representatives Debbie Dingell (MI-12) and Robert Dold (IL-10) to protect survivors of dating violence and stalking by closing loopholes that allow abusers and stalkers to access guns.
DEARBORN, MI – As part of Women’s History Month, Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (MI-12) will join Facebook on Monday, March 28, at 9:30 a.m. for a Boost Your Business seminar in Ann Arbor. The seminar is free to the public and aims to provide local women small business owners with the most up-to-date tools, insights and best practices for optimizing their presence and engaging customers on the world’s largest social network.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, as part of Women’s History Month, U.S. Representatives Debbie Dingell (MI-12) and Candice Miller (MI-10) welcomed to Washington, D.C. an Honor Flight of Original “Rosie the Riveters,” women who worked the factories during World War II, producing munitions and war supplies critical to an Allied victory.
In 1942, Mildred Crow Sargent was a teenage mother from Tennessee who migrated to Detroit to work in an aircraft assembly plant as part of America's massive mobilization for WWII.
And, as she told a New York University "Real Rosie the Riveter" history project in 2010, she was "the fastest riveter" in the place.
So fast that the plant overseers encouraged her to slow production down a bit.
Sargent said she replied, "Those soldiers (on the battlefield) can't slow production. If someone comes at them with a gun, they've got to shoot."
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (MI-12) today voted against legislation that would dismantle the Affordable Care Act, taking away affordable health coverage from 22 million Americans and stripping live-saving cancer screenings from women across the country.