Women and girls today often overlook the history that greatly affects today’s society. We would have lived an entirely different life if it wasn’t for the female that changed the image of a “typical woman”. This Women’s History Month I want to give recognition and appreciation to one of the first woman to symbolize feminism and women’s economic power, Rosie the Riveter.
Even though she wasn’t a specific person, but was a poster girl during the World War II to get women to work in factories as the men went out to war. It ended up being more than that. It was a way to prove that women could do a “man’s job” and do it well. This is where the saying “We can do it” came from. She came up in a time when women were only supposed to be housewives, maids and other feminine/ delicate jobs. Leila J. Rupp once said “For the first time, the working woman dominated the public image. Women were riveting housewives in slacks, not mothers, domestic beings, or civilizers.” If it wasn’t for this we wouldn’t have women running enterprises, owning companies, being mechanics and doing so many other jobs that would be classified as predominantly male work.
Rosie started the era of New Women, women who would no longer be downgraded and who wanted to make some type of impact on the world. She helped inspire women to use their voice. I remember in kindergarten, we had a lesson on her. At the end of the period I was so interested I went to the museum, which held an exhibit about her. Not only did she inspire others but she inspired me to speak up, be a part of a lot more activities and not worry about what others would think. She helped me realize that me being a girl, wasn’t an excuse that I, or anyone else could use against me.
Rosie the Riveter was the first to start women empowerment. She’s classified as one of the first world famous feminists. She helped form the path for future woman in America. Women in modern society have been moving up society’s social status ladder. Without her, females would be confined to the image that we can’t get our hands dirty, and the only work we should be doing is in the kitchen.