One of the values and traditions of Notre Dame is its engagement in the community. The school is committed to fostering active membership in society including participation in elections. In conjunction with Super Tuesday primaries, students organized a mock election. We also welcomed Mary Fierros, who is one of the oldest living "Rosie Riveters," to campus to encourage students to cast their vote.
To help students prepare, the Government students created a voter guide. The mock election gave a voice to those members of the ND community not eligible to vote. More than half of the student body showed up to cast ballots. Students who are members of the League of Young Women Voters and Facing History in Ourselves campus groups, along with Government students will be encouraging their classmates to cast their ballot throughout the day.
During lunch we welcomed Mary Fierros to campus. Rosie the Riveter is a cultural icon of World War II and represented the women who worked in factories and shipyards during the war. Ms. Fierros, who is 100 years old, worked at Douglas Aircraft in Long Beach while her husband served in the service.