Women’s History Month 2022

Rosie The Riveter




Women in our Workforce. It’s nothing new to see women these days in the manufacturing workforce, however just when and how did it begin?  I would like to highlight how during World War II, while most of the male workforce was out saving our liberty abroad, U.S. industries were forced to take a different approach.

Not just factory workers, but our farmers were now soldiers, our postmen left their families to fight for freedom, businessmen, schoolteachers, and men of all walks of life stood side by side on foreign soils so we can have the freedoms we value today.  U.S. soldiers left behind millions of jobs traditionally held only by men.

How did we supply our military?  Yes, you guessed it – women.  Women became farmers, letter carriers, they stood watch during the night to patrol our skies for foreign aircraft. Women became office workers, retail clerks, repaired roads, became electrical workers and factory workers.  U.S. Women supported our military and nation like never before during World War II.  The representation of women has been forever changed since the introduction of Rosie the Riveter.

Who Was Rosie the Riveter?  The bandana-clad Rosie was one of the most effective recruitment campaigns in American history during World War II and recruited over 18 million women to join the workforce during that time.  The iconic poster “We Can Do It!” by J. Howard Miller (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WeCanDoIt), was aimed at boosting the morale among workers in the World War II factories which produced the then needed materials for war.  These women were known simply as “Rosies.”   I think it is fair to say Rosie was the face for women workers during World War II.

Women as Factory Workers. With most (but not all) of the male workforce away at war, our women joined the workforce in a major way.  In 1943, about 310,000 women worked in the U.S. aircraft industry which comprised about 65% of the U.S. munitions industry at that time.  Rosies showed that women weren’t just housewives and that women were able to do the same jobs as men and helped with recruiting women to join the workforce to help the U.S. win the war.

Rosie’s facts:  Source:  Rosie the Riveter, Author: Penny Coleman; Published: Crown Publishers, Inc.,

Rosies (estimated; no records kept): Over 6+ million
Volunteer Rosies: (estimated; no records kept): at least 10 million
Produced by Rosies alongside a few good men:

Airplanes: 297,000       Tanks: 102,000          Artillery pieces: 372,000          Warships: 88,000

Small arms ammunitions: 44 billion rounds            Artillery ammunition: 47,000,000 tons

Materials collected by Volunteer Rosies:

1 old shovel: enough iron for 4 hand grenades.
1 pound of waste fat:  enough glycerin for 1 pound of gun powder.
12,000 old razor blades:  enough steel to make a1 bomb.

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