So now that I’m winding down the businessy part of things, I’m having some fun doing some projects that have been “back burnered”.
I have always loved this image, ever since I was a teenager. It’s iconic. It’s feminist. And yes, it served as pure propaganda. But it was so much better than seeing images of women giving up their stockings and tending to their “Victory Gardens” for the cause.
Credit for image: J. Howard Miller
From the Wikipedia page on R the R: Rosie the Riveter became most closely associated with another real woman, Rose Will Monroe, who was born in Pulaski County, Kentucky in 1920 and moved to Michigan during World War II. She worked as a riveter at the Willow Run Aircraft Factory in Ypsilanti, Michigan, building B-29 and B-24 bombers for the U.S. Army Air Forces. Monroe was asked to star in a promotional film about the war effort at home. The song “Rosie the Riveter” was popular at the time, and Monroe happened to best fit the description of the worker depicted in the song. “Rosie” went on to become perhaps the most widely recognized icon of that era. The films and posters she appeared in were used to encourage women to go to work in support of the war effort
…According to the Encyclopedia of American Economic History, “Rosie the Riveter” inspired a social movement that increased the number of working American women from 12 million to 20 million by 1944, a 57% increase from 1940…Although the image of “Rosie the Riveter” reflected the industrial work of welders and riveters during World War II, the majority of working women filled non-factory positions in every sector of the economy. What unified the experiences of these women was that they proved to themselves (and the country) that they could do a “man’s job” and could do it well…During the war, the name “Rosie” was not associated with the image, and it was not about women’s empowerment. It was only later, in the early 1980s, that the Miller poster was rediscovered and became famous, associated with feminism, and often mistakenly called “Rosie The Riveter”.
And a friend just sent me a feature on one of the original “Rosie the Riveters”. She is one impressive woman.
This was my first attempt to see whether my four year old daughter could handle responding to specific posing requests in an outfit not of her own choosing. Gasp! She had to wear….denim.
I’m not gonna lie: a lot of chocolate was involved. Also, I put lipstick on my four year old. But I wisely chose to not go with the cherry red favored by woman of that day. I’m not sure if the chocolate or lipstick was a greater incentive for her.
Now the challenge will be resisting the urge to “meme” this throughout my daughter’s childhood to fit whatever stage she is going through…