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Rosie the Riveter on Canvas (Gallery Wraps)
  • Rosie the Riveter on Canvas (Gallery Wraps)

    Title: Part of the cowling for one of the motors for a B-25 bomber is assembled in the engine department of North American, Aviation, Inc.'s Inglewood, Calif., plant.

    Photographer: Alfred T Palmer



    The need for labor was high, given the increase in servicemen to 2.2 million during World War II. Recruitment of women into jobs became part of the War Manpower Commission, which added a women's advisory committee of prominent women tasked with promoting the enlistment of women into new roles. The iconic image of Rosie the Riveter is perhaps what most Americans think of when discussing the contributions of American women on the home front during World War II. These women played a vital role in the war effort by working in defense plants and related industries. With 11 million men drafted into service, women stepped up to take on new roles in the workplace, challenging traditional perceptions of gender roles. The woman in the photo is an example of one of these women who took on a new role in the war effort. She is working on one of the motors for a B-25 bomber at a California plant. The output of these defense industries was essential to the war effort, producing two million trucks, 86,000 tanks, and almost 300,000 aircraft. Without the millions of women who took on new roles in the workplace, America would not have been able to produce the high levels of equipment needed to supply both U.S. and Allied forces.


    • What role was this photo in asking women to play in the war effort?
    • Create a caption for this photograph that shows the significance of the contribution women made to the war effort.
    • What was the connection between the woman's motivation to work as displayed in the image? What specific evidence did you see to show this connection?
    • In what ways was the portrayal of women similar or different in this image to the image of women welders? Why?


    Uplift any room's decor with art printed on top-quality canvas gallery wraps. Each wrap is made with a finely textured, artist-grade cotton substrate which helps reproduce your image in outstanding clarity and detail. Available in multiple sizes, these closed-back canvases are built with a patented, solid support face and are excellent for indoor use.


    .: 100% cotton fabric (400gsm)
    .: Horizontal, vertical, and square options available
    .: Closed MDF backing
    .: Built with a patented solid support face
    .: High image quality and detail
    .: For indoor use only


    Rights Advisory: No known restrictions on publication.

    Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA

    Call Number: LC-USW36-453 [P&P]