Most “Rosie the Riveters” had prewar experience in the labor force.  Other women, even those who were married, joined the assembly lines. For the first time in their lives, many women performed jobs that were now viewed by the public as necessary and valuable.

Famous "Rosie the Riveter" poster by Westinghouse for the War Production

Credit: National Archives


This section is divided into 5 parts:

1) Women's Work

2) Munitions

3) Shipyards

4) Factories

5) Critical Jobs



1942 poster "Women in the War -
We Can't Win Without Them"

Credit: Library of Congress


Dora Miles and Dorothy Johnson at work,
Long Beach Plant, Douglas Aircraft

Credit: Library of Congress