Rosie The Riveter

By | January 9, 2019

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Rosie The Riveter. Source: (

When we think of women in the WWII era, often times the iconic image of Rosie The Riveter comes to mind. WWII gave women a chance to earn their own money and help with the war effort. The “Riveters” image represented the millions of women, from all classes and all colors, who jumped to action when needed. They went to work to help their country and earn a living, something that was not encouraged during the previous decades. Going to work and contributing to the war efforts and earning money had lasting effects and brought about the modern Women’s Rights Movement.

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Where Did The Idea For ‘Rosie’ Come From?

During the Great Depression, women were discouraged from working in order to have jobs go to men, who were the main breadwinners at that time. The government needed something to coax women to work in the factories. The first image of Rosie The Riveter was from Norman Rockwell. His painting first appeared on the cover of the Saturday Evening Post in 1943. This painting appealed to the patriotism of women. The men were on the front lines, but women could do their part to win the war. There was even a song about Rosie. The song actually came before the painting and it is thought that is where Rockwell got the idea of putting the name "Rosie” on the lunchbox.