Rosie the Riveter was not a real person, but a cultural icon that represented the millions of women who worked in the factories and shipyards during World War II. The term “Rosie the Riveter” was coined by the media and used to describe the women who took on jobs in the manufacturing industry to support the war effort while men were away fighting.
The image of Rosie the Riveter, which features a woman with a red polka dot bandana and a determined look, was popularized in a 1942 song called “Rosie the Riveter” by Redd Evans and John Jacob Loeb. The character of Rosie was also featured in a series of government propaganda posters that encouraged women to take on jobs in the manufacturing industry.
While Rosie the Riveter was not a real person, the women she represented played a significant role in the war effort and helped to pave the way for greater gender equality in the workforce. Many women who worked in the factories and shipyards during the war continued to work after the war ended, and their contributions to the workforce were recognized with the passing of the Women’s Employment Opportunity Act in 1948.
- “Who was Rosie the Riveter?” by Sarah Pruitt, History.com, January 31, 2018, https://www.history.com/news/who-was-rosie-the-riveter.
- “Rosie the Riveter and Her Legacy,” by National Park Service, accessed March 18, 2023, https://www.nps.gov/articles/rosie-the-riveter-and-her-legacy.htm.
- “Rosie the Riveter,” by Encyclopaedia Britannica, accessed March 18, 2023, https://www.britannica.com/topic/Rosie-the-Riveter.
31 March 2023 at 16:24
The Rosie The Riveter that I knew was real. She was my Mother who worked at the Bethlehem Shipyard (aka The Fore River Shipyard by locals) in Quincy, Mass. while her husband, my Dad, was in the Army in the ETO (European Theater of Operation).
A dedicated hard working generation that came of age during the Great Depression. They truly deserve a better legacy than what has evolved to what dominates our “culture” today.
31 March 2023 at 19:09
The Rosie the Riveter that I know is my wife. She never ceases to amaze me with all the things she can do and certainly does do. Deb is an accountant by profession. Earlier this week she knocked off our 2022 taxes. I didn’t even know she had started on them yet!
She also does all of our yard work, tends to her plants, cooks most of our meals, does all the repair work around the home (they’re all her power tools), cleans the house, finds time for daily prayer, and keeps pressure on me so my time is now being directed toward writing rather than just more research.
The door to Deb’s shop on the lower level of our house has long had a “Rosie the Riveter” sign on it that Deb purchased from Amazon.com.
Women made an outstanding contribution to the Allies winning the Second World War.
To a large extent, World War II enlightened us with the role women can and do contribute to society.
2 April 2023 at 14:59
Our country would be much better served if we had courageous patriots stand up to these criminals who have no respect for who built America, who defended her to make that possible, and the values and moral courage those people had to stand up to Fascism, Communism and Socialism all over the world. We aren’t even defending our country, its people, its schools, its businesses, its laws and even its military right now, right here in our own country. There will be no memory of or reverence for those who built the greatest country in world history if the enemy within is not crushed.
David Bradley Hamilton
Major. U.S. Army (Retired)