Category Archives: Rosie The Riveter

May 29, 2011, 5:23 pm

Celebrating The Greatest Generation (Of Women)

In case you didn’t know it, today is Rosie the Riveter’s 68th birthday.  Berkeley Ph.D. candidate Samuel Redman is celebrating on The Berkeley Blog with a piece just published today,  “Norman Rockwell’s Rosie the Riveter and World War II in American Memory.” Okay, Rosie’s probably a bit older than 68, but why would you ask a girl her real age?

Redman’s piece documents Rosie’s national debut on May 29 1943 on the cover of the Saturday Evening Post with a feature announcing her contributions to the war effort.  Look at the muscles on that gal!  She needs them to control that phallic rivet gun that she used to knock out one prefabricated ship after another.  According to About.com‘s Kennedy Hickman, “US shipyards would produce 2,751 Liberty Ships. The majority (1,552) of these came from new yards built on the West Coast and operated by Henry J. Kaiser.”

Operating four yards in Richmond, CA…

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