Women played a crucial role during World War II, both with the production of war materials, and keeping our country from sliding back into a depression. Since the 1940s, women have continued to struggle to prove that they can do the same jobs that a male worker can do, and should get paid the same amount for it. Equal pay for women has continued to be an intensely debated subject since World War II, when women stepped up to fill the void in the workforce that men left behind when they courageously fought to defend our country.
As scores of men left the country, they left behind massive gaps in the United States workforce. The government noticed this problem, and drafted their infamous Rosie the Riveter posters (A&E Television Networks). Rosie the Riveter immediately became famous. The poster depicted a muscular, independent woman. The United States Government’s posters showed the necessity for female workers in the absence of men (A&E Television Networks). That being said, Rosie the Riveter became the most important advertisement for the production of materials for the war materials (A&E Television Networks). As more women joined the working class, the press strived to persuade them that they could do the work typically regarded as a man’s job and still be considered feminine(A&E Television Networks). It may seem like a silly idea, but women were still overall regarded as the weaker sex. Until World War II, they had not yet had the chance to prove themselves to society.
Not only did the United States Government draft a Rosie the Riveter poster, though. Famous artist, Norman Rockwell also introduced a painting of her (A&E Television Networks). In his painting, Rockwell portrayed a robust, independent woman. In his version, Rosie is noticeably more masculine looking. She is holding a sandwich in one hand and a toolbox in the other (A&E Television Networks). Upon further inspection, one can see that Rockwell depicted Rosie the Riveter to be stepping on a copy of Mein Kampf, which was Adolf Hitler’s autobiography. This image sends a strong message to everyone. Men were actually partaking in hand-to-hand combat, but women on American soil were still battling the enemy in other ways (Hawkes). Since the release of that issue of the Saturday Evening Post, Rosie the Riveter and her “We can do it” attitude have turned out to be one of the most renowned images in American history (A&E Television Networks). Rosie the Riveter was seen as a fictional characterization for American women that helped with the war effort, and symbolized women from all walks of life (Hawkes). During World War II, the need for women in the workforce increased. Through Rosie the Riveter, women were inspired to become a part of working class America (Chafe), which is why she was such a vital part of women’s history, particularly during World War II.
Prior to the day Pearl Harbor fell, referred to by President Franklin as, “a date which will live in infamy”, single women were the only...