Propaganda & Mass Persuasion: Rosie the Riveter

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Rosie the Riveter

Ok so now I know from seeing other peoples post that they liked the idea of Rosie but i think that some people forget the negitive effects that also came from her. I am defenitly not saying that it she was bad but there were things that people do not remember about it or over look. For starters many people forget how the Rosies were used to force black workers to work for less money and they both were competeing for the same jobs. This was hurting the struggle for equality In many ways because it was almost like saying to the blacks we can get white women to do your job for cheaper because they are doing there patriotic duty. another thing that people forget espically after WWI was what do women do when the men get home. I defenitly have no problem with women working but I also think it gave women of that time period a sence of false hope that they would be able to support there family by them selves after the war was over and they would be able to make enough money alone and not worry about a dual income. I think that Rosie gave them a false dream without any sort of back up plan because for the most part after the war Rosie the Riveter became Rosie the house wife.


Blogger A. Mattson said...

The poster you used to illustrate your post is interesting because it represents what the stereotype of Rosie became after the war when the image of a strong working woman was reduced to cheesecake.

I don't understand how the image of Rosie the Riveter was used to " force black workers to work for less money." Black workers worked for less money before, during and after the war. What did the wartime propaganda have to do with that? Black wages rose during WWII but not as fast as white wages.

4/09/2007 11:36 PM  

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