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What's So Great About Rosie The Riveter? Turns Out, A Lot!

We've seen it for decades, an image of "Rosie The Riveter," and how it's become a symbol of strong women. 

And with this iconic depiction, one that's been duplicated, parodied, replicated, and stood for more, do you actually know where it started?

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She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted. #RosieTheRiveter #ShePersisted #AmericanWomen

Well if you don't, sit on the floor cross-legged, because I'm about to take you to school!

Because men were off to war in World War II, the industry force would have steadily declined. It increased from 27% to 37% according to History.com, and that's all because of the fact that ever four married women ended up working outside the home.

Out of all the things that women chose to do outside the home, the aviation industry and made up 65% of the industry, and were crucial to the war effort. The bummer of that fact is that those workers rarely got paid what the men did, almost 50% less, according to History.com. That gender gap has been there for quite some time, hasn't it?

The first image is actually mistaken for Rosie The Riveter - SHOCKING, I know! The image above of the bandanna wearing babe who beckoned women to come work saying "We Can Do It" was actually artwork by J. Howard Miller, who was hired by Westinghouse to create the images to boost morale in the workplace. Though not heavily documented, the comments have been expressed in the Smithsonian's post on the design, and there are many rumors surrounding it. Either way, this image ended up being associated with World War II, despite it actually not being Rosie, and is used as a symbol in the ongoing feminist movements.

The REAL Rosie The Riveter was created for the The Saturday Evening Post, and was painted by Norman Rockwell. The woman shown in the painting was based off of an image of a woman who modeled for the painting, named Mary Doyle (Later Keefe), who was paid $10 for her modeling efforts according to The Washington Post, $5 for each photograph taken. She did not know how impacting the image would become until later years, in which the painting sold for around $5 Million.

 

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The most famous depiction of Rosie The Riveter during WWII was (probably) Norman Rockwell's painting.

 

Well... My mind is significantly blown! Did you know that the "We Can Do It" painting was not actually Rosie The Riveter? I would be surprised if you did. Be sure to share this with your women friends far and wide, I think they'll be just as shocked as I was!

 

Amy Cooper is the type of journalist that when asked "What do you bring to the table," she replies "I am the table.