“We can do it!”proclaims the most popular image of “Rosie the Riveter’
from World War II.(A Call to Arms, 2002) When men left to fight overseas,
women were needed to work defense plants.The image of “Rosie” shows a
woman flexing her arm, as if symbolizing America’s strength. Her hair,
presumably to avoid its becoming entangled in a manufacturing press, is
bound away from her face.Yet Rosie of the image is still lovely and
beautiful, for she is a feminine American woman. The message was “mixed,”
that women should both work and assume a masculine strength, yet still
continue to inspire the troops as mothers and as beauties.It should be
noted that, “though a popular example of a wartime woman worker” the Rosie
of poster fame did more than just rivet in reality.”Some women loaded and
fired machine guns and other weapons to make sure they worked… Some women
who formerly worked as saleswomen, maids, or waitresses, took over more
essential jobs such as welders, riveters, drill press operators, and taxi
cab drivers. Women found themselves in participating in every aspect of the
war industry from making military clothing to building fighter jets,
American women worked day and night.”This tireless effort was
encouragedâ€" The more women work, the quicker the fight is won,’ was the
message of the American government. (Rosie the Riveter, 2002)
Describe important people (that are women) in World War II
The President’s wife, Eleanor Roosevelt, is of course notable for her
tireless efforts in gaining America’s support for the war effort, as well
as for African American rights after the war.However, many less famous
women served during the war, including the women of the WASP (Women’s Air
Service Patrol) in Europe, as pilots, and as nurses on all of the fronts.
Women such as Claire Booth Luce served as journalists and broadcasters,
risking personal safety to …

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