|Original poster, 1942|
Rosie the Riveter, icon of the 1940s, was a symbol for independent and hard working women across the nation. The widespread male enlistment into World War II created huge gaps in the workforce that needed to be filled immediately, naturally, able bodied women were the only ones left to work. By 1945, practically one out of four married women worked outside the home. Rosie’s initial role in propaganda was to bring women into the munitions industry, but her sense of strength and empowering demeanor became the most successful recruitment tool for women during the war.
|Factory worker, 1944|
|Norman Rockwell's version of Rosie, 1943|
Rosie's influence was undoubtedly the result of strong female minds of American patriotism. We must not forget, not only were women working hours on end out of the home, they still had to maintain the daily needs of their families. They became the head of their households and the primary bread winners, all while their boys were fighting abroad.
If you are interested in Rosie as a potential Halloween costume, you will need a few simple items:
- high-waist/sailor pants,
- red bandana for your hair,
- working boots,
- and red lipstick, of course.