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Teaching How One Rosie the Riveter Poster Became a Symbol of Female Empowerment

How One Rosie the Riveter Poster Became a Symbol of Female Empowerment

Seventy-eight years ago, Norman Rockwell’s painting Rosie the Riveter appeared on the cover of a May 1943 issue of The Saturday Evening Post. Many people might have already been aware of the fictional Rosie from the radio. A year earlier, she made an appearance in a nationally broadcast song. Now she was showing up on newsstands and millions of doorsteps across the country. Yet today, Rockwell’s painting isn’t what comes to mind when people hear “Rosie the Riveter.”

Sarah Myers, Assistant Professor of History, Saint Francis University and G. Kurt Piehler, Associate Professor of History, Florida State University
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How and why did the message of the Rosie the Riveter poster change over time?


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