Essay on Rosie The Riveter Was A Symbol

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Rosie the Riveter was a symbol created to spur women to do their part in supporting the American war effort on the home front who evolved through the years into a cultural icon to stand for Women’s rights and feminist efforts. Rosie reflects the conflicts and spirit of her time through her profession as a wartime riveter. She represents the housewives, secretaries, and childcare workers who were called to the factories during the war. She now represents a generation of “Rosie’s,” the women who worked in traditionally male-dominated fields during World War II. Although Rosie the Riveter did originate in posters, she has developed into her own character who represents women’s rights in the workplace and a generation of “Rosie’s” even today.
1) I will show Rosie’s “roots”
After the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor in December 1941 and the full involvement of the United States in World War II, factory workforce was depleted due to men leaving to fill the ranks of the U.S. military. This came at a time when America’s need for factory output and, consequently, factory workers, soared. Factories needed to be full and functioning at maximum output to produce the volume of heavy machinery and military vehicles needed to win the war. In an effort to meet this need, the U.S. government funded extensive campaigns to encourage women to drop their duties in the home and join the workforce. Magazines, movies, songs, and posters all played a key role in the effort to recruit women for…

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