Previously published in Examiner
Part 2 of the Rosie the Riveter series
We previously explored the impact on American society that the American Rosie the Riveters (factory workers) who replaced the soldiers who were gone to war, had on society. Later we will explore Canadian and Montreal Rosie the Riveters.
Rosie’s worked for less than their male counterpart and they service was short-lived
Still, there was inequality among the workers, men working in these factories made an average of $54.00 a week while the women doing the same job made an average of $31.00.
Unfortunately, the change the Rosies made was short-lived. The Rosies of this era knew they could do the work the men could do because they proved it, but sadly they also knew they had to return to the home environment when the servicemen came back. Women took one step forward and two steps back. They would not return full force to the factories again until the 1970’s and by that time factory work was on a decline in America.
In October of 2000, The Rosie the Riveter World War II Home Front National Historical Park was opened in four Kaiser Shipyards in Richmond, California.
Shirley Karp, one of the World War II Rosies, just recently died on January 12, 2009, she was one of the original Rosie models for posters and other media coverage.
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 but their fight for equality rights was far from over.
to be continued