Rosie the Riveter

cultural icon of the United States during World War 2

Rosie the Riveter is a cultural icon in the United States. She was an icon of women that worked in factories and shipyards during World War II. She was in a World War II poster titled "We Can Do It!". She is often used as a symbol of feminism in this image.[1] Pictures of working women were used many times during World War II. The US government wanted women to work during the war.[2] In 1944 a movie called Rosie the Riveter was released.

An American woman putting rivets into an airplane in 1943. Rosie the Riveter was an icon for women who worked during World War II.

Rosie the Riveter became associated with a real woman called Naomi Parker, who inspired the icon.[3] Rosie the Riveter was named after Rosalind P. Walter.[4]

In 1997, the Rosie the Riveter Memorial Committee was started.


  1. Duncan, W. Raymond; Jancar-Webster, Barbara; Switky, Bob (2008). World Politics in the Twenty-first Century Brief (Student choice ed.). Boston: Houghton Mifflin College Div. p. 268. ISBN 978-0-547-05634-0.
  2. Rupp, Leila J. (1978). Mobilizing Women for War: German and American Propaganda, 1939–1945. Princeton: Princeton U.P. ISBN 0-691-04649-2.
  3. Naomi Parker Fraley, the Real Rosie the Riveter, Dies at 96
  4. "Rosie the Riveter and GBBGC[permanent dead link]." Locust Valley, New York: Grenville Baker Boys and Girls Club, March 12, 2018.