Propaganda & Mass Persuasion: The influence of Rosie the Riveter

Friday, March 16, 2007

The influence of Rosie the Riveter

The symbol of Rosie the Riveter was meant to influence women to go out into the workforce and work for our country while the men are over seas. This was a great way to get women into the workforce but the problem arose when the men were coming home and the women had to go back into the home. Women did not want to give up their jobs to men. This concept is explained in "Creating Rosie the Riveter" honey explains

"Finally women played the important role of preservers of peacetime virtues
and family life, which came to be equated with security stability and
prosperity. in addition to their courage and strength, they emerged as
caretakers of national ideals and spiritual guides for the family. Having
dramatized threats to their well being in order to inspire service to their

Women were finally being fulfilled on a professional level and now they are being told that they have to go back into the home. The government was telling women that it was their responsibility to go out into the workforce to provide for their family. Women had security and power. They were independent which gave them strength. Now these women wanted to continue working but the amount of jobs available to women once the men came home was very small.


Blogger A. Mattson said...

A good quote and a good discussion of the material.

Not all women wished to remain in the workplace, many were eager to return home. It is a mistake to assume that the women of WWII had the same ideas about a woman's place as we do today. Of course, most working class women had to stay at work. What they lost were the good skilled jobs with higher pay that went back to the returning male veterans.

4/11/2007 9:12 PM  

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