Category Archives: Rosie the Riveter History

What to tell your husband

I am often dismayed by how little progress we have made towards equality for women, then I run across something like this  “What to tell your husband if he objects to your getting a war-time job” poster from WWII and … Continue reading

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Stats on Women Working at Richmond Shipyards during WW2

1943:  41% of welders at the Richmond Yards were women. 2015:   2% of welders in the U.S. are women. Note, “burners” cut metal (with a torch) rather than weld metal. At peak production in 1943 there were 90,000 employees … Continue reading

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How Rosie Dressed for Success (and Safety)

  I really wonder how many  women needed to be told not to wear high heels for work at the shipyard. Many of the women who took on shipyard jobs came from the farmlands of  the Midwest, or from the … Continue reading

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Today in Rosie the Riveter History: May 29

The Saturday Evening Post published the cover featuring a female riveter in 1943.  The name on her lunchbox says “Rosie.” From “Rosie the Riveter” by Marcy Kennedy Knight at  the Saturday Evening Post: Mary was a 19-year-old phone operator in … Continue reading

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Rosie’s Enduring Legacy?

When you begin writing about something like Rosie the Riveter friends start sending you everything they find that has to do with Rosie….  Today’s link from a friend was from the Ford Motor Company–a paid slide show post on the … Continue reading

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Researching Rosies: You Never Know What You’ll Find

I’ve begun to research Rosies, starting with the original Rosie the Riveters to have an  understanding of the history from which our “New Rosies” come. I’ve accessed the Oral Histories of many Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front Oral History Project … Continue reading

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