I think this Rosie-wanta-be was beautiful and perhaps had actually done some riveting, but she's posed with a bit of beautification that belies her craft.
A riveting woman, implying someone you can't take your eyes off of.
A working woman, certainly signifying a woman who brings home wages (can I say brings home the bacon still?) There also was a use of this term to signify those women who work as prostitutes. But I don't think the term is accurate in today's society, as so many women work outside the home and it now means just that. (All women who have families who work outside the home know they also continue to have the work that is unpaid within the home.)
I'm actively promoting having a US Constitutional Amendment ratified, the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA)...which only needs 2 more states to become a law of the land. North Carolina is among those who haven't ratified it yet...and many amendments have taken more years than this one to finally be ratified.
Nevada's legislature passed their ratification just days ago. Thank you to all those men and women who finally declared the rightness of this action.
But rather than make this a political post, let's get back to Riveting Women. (And I promised unspokenly that I'd actually make this post appropriate for Sepia Saturday this week!)
We can Do it is not Rosie at all..
"During the war, the name "Rosie" was not associated with the image, and the purpose of the poster was not to recruit women workers but rather as motivational propaganda aimed at workers of both sexes already employed at Westinghouse. It was only later, in the early 1980s, that the Miller poster was rediscovered and became famous, associated with feminism, and often mistakenly called "Rosie the Riveter" ' Source: Kimble, James J.; Olson, Lester C. (Winter 2006). "Visual Rhetoric Representing Rosie the Riveter: Myth and Misconception in J. Howard Miller's 'We Can Do It!' Poster". Rhetoric & Public Affairs. 9 (4): 533–569.
Rosie by Rockwell:
"Norman Rockwell's image of "Rosie the Riveter" received mass distribution on the cover of the Saturday Evening Post on Memorial Day, May 29, 1943. Rockwell's illustration features a brawny woman taking her lunch break with a rivet gun on her lap and beneath her penny loafer a copy of Hitler's manifesto, Mein Kampf. Her lunch box reads "Rosie"; viewers quickly recognized this to be "Rosie the Riveter" from the familiar song...." Source Wikipedia
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