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"We Can Do It!"
Among the most famous images from the World War II era, the "We Can Do It!" poster of a determined working woman (colloquially dubbed "Rosie the Riveter") has been reproduced thousands of times since its original appearance in 1942. During the war, [...]
"I'm Proud... My Husband Wants Me To Do My Part"
During World War II, the U.S. government produced a number of propaganda posters aimed at mobilizing women workers to contribute to the war effort, offering images that challenged traditional ideas about the role of women and the nature of their [...]
Table of Statistics on Women in the World War II Era Workforce
Before World War II (1941-1945), when women worked outside the home it was usually in jobs traditionally considered to be “women’s work.” These included teaching, domestic service, clerical work, nursing, and library science. [...]
"Operating a hand drill at Vultee-Nashville"
In this rare color photograph taken for the Office of War Information, a "real life" Rosie drills on the side of a dive bomber plane. Nearly three million women worked in defense industries during World War II, including thousands of African [...]
A War Worker Finds New Independence on the Job
When Los Angeles resident Beatrice Morales Clifton went to work at the Lockheed Aircraft plant in Burbank, California, she was a married mother of four children. In this excerpt from a longer interview, Morales Clifton, the daughter of Mexican [...]
Active Viewing Worksheets for The Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter
This viewing guide and associated activities will help students analyze propaganda images of women workers during World War II and compare them with the real experiences of women. The instructions for using the film and viewing guide can be found [...]
Rosie the Riveter Leaves the Industrial Workplace
While government planners and factory owners assumed that women’s industrial work during World War II would last only as long as the war lasted, many of the women had other ideas. After the war ended, despite their new skills, they found [...]
Analysis Worksheet: “I’m Proud...My Husband Wants Me to Do My Part”
This worksheet helps students analyze a poster created by the U.S. government during World War II that encourages women to take factory jobs.
By the Numbers: White and African-American Women Workers
This worksheet helps students analyze statistics about the labor force participation of white and African-American women in the decades before, during, and after WWII.