Meet The Real “Rosie The Riveters” In WWII Photos
5:45 pm, January 31st | by Hillary Reinsberg
The image of a woman working to build an airplane in a World War II era factory is one burned quite well into the American psyche at this point. When we think of “working women,” many of our minds turn immediately to Rosie The Riveter, a visual icon of the time that amazingly prevails almost 70 years later. But Rosie is an illustration, not a photograph. To remedy that, we have some photos.
I don’t know about you, but I’m fairly struck by the clothing worn by the first woman. Her shirt, lipstick, and perfectly coiffed hair seem a little out of place for a woman doing what looks like complicated electrical work, do they not? In the second photo, the woman is working at a Navy base, so her look is a bit more conservative.
[Daily Mail / Library of Congress]