Propaganda & Mass Persuasion: Rosie the Riveter

Thursday, March 30, 2006

Rosie the Riveter



During World War 2 , Rosie the Riveter was a character created to persuade women into working to contribute to the war. The character was a woman usually in work gear that was used to accomplish this mass appeal to American women . The catch phrase that was used along side this image was " we can do it " . Six million women were recruited to work in factories and shipyards
The government created this propaganda campaign to satisfy it's shortage of labor due to the men going abroad to fight . This propaganda campaign convinced women that it was their patriotic duty to work in these factories.
Many women did enter the for the cause and the money, but after the war they had to return their jobs to the service men .
It has been argued that this movement or occurrence paved the way for women to work outside the home . I agree with that because after the war and the jobs were over many women still pursued a career or job that they have grown accustomed to

1 Comments:

Blogger A. Mattson said...

Nice images. Don't you think that the high pay that war work provided was also important to women who joined the industrial work force? Or were they simply moved by propaganda?

Which reading are you referring to here? Try to make a specific reference to a part of an assigned reading.

4/05/2006 10:55 PM  

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