We will now finish the Second World War women series with the famous Rosie The Riveters and other important female contributions to the war effort
Rosie The Riveter
Rosie the Riveter became the icon of the working women in America and Canada alike. They were the wonderful working class women who worked in factories, munitions plants, and everywhere else taking on the jobs that the men had left behind. Rosie the Riveters is now a championed icon of modern day feminists.
These ladies had proven they could do the work that men did, they worked in male dominated trades, and they did the work well. Women were no longer confined to the home or to the garment trade on a
sewing machine all the day, These women were riveting steel pieces together, molding others, doing completely non traditional jobs.
Who was Rosie the Riveter?
Rosie the Riveter was actually a real person who had a generation of women who were named in her honour. The original Rosie the Riveter was Rose Will Monroe. She was born in Pulaski County, Kentucky in 1920. She was working in Ypsilanti, Michigan during World War II. Rosie worked for the Will Run Aircraft Factory specializing in building the B-29 and B-24 Bombers. Rosie Monroe even learned to fly at 50 years old.
Rosie the Riveter and the Media
The media capitalized on the Rosie story with posters, the Rosie the Riveter song sung by Kay Keyser, and the Rosie the Riveter film featuring Rosie herself. The Rosie the Riveter movement is said to have helped boost the number of workingwomen in America in World War II by 57%.
Rosie the Riveter focused on welding and riveting, but for the workingwomen of wartime America, it meant that all women could work in whatever environment they chose. They could do the job a man did and they could do it well.
How American Society was changed by the Rosie the Riveters?
During this time white and black women worked side by side and some historians believed this union of workers helped set the stage for the civil rights movement of the 1960’s.
Rosie the Riveters, American, Canadian, and Montrealers alike challenged the status quo and brought new light on defining the role of men and women in wartime society.
To be continued