analytical Essay
1836 words
1836 words

I. INTRODUCTION The role of women in American history has evolved a great deal over the past few centuries. In less than a hundred years, the role of women has moved from housewife to highly paid corporate executive to political leader. As events in history have shaped the present world, one can find hidden in such moments, pivotal points that catapult destiny into an unforeseen direction. This paper will examine one such pivotal moment, fashioned from the fictitious character known as ‘Rosie the Riveter’ who represented the powerful working class women during World War II and how her personification has helped shape the future lives of women. II. BODY To understand the significant changes within the role of women, it’s important to look at the position women held in society prior to World War II. In a famously quoted ruling by the United States Supreme Court in a case denying a woman’s right to practice law, the following excerpt penned by the Honorable Joseph P. Bradley in 1873 sums up how women were perceived during that period of time by their male counterparts. Bradley declared, "The paramount destiny and mission of women are to fulfill the noble and benign offices of wife and mother -- this is the law of the Creator" . While many women may agree that the role of wife and mother is a noble one, most would certainly not agree this position would define their destiny. As many women took on a domestic role during this era, by the turn of the century women were certainly not strangers to the work force. As the developing American nation altered the lives of its citizens, both men and women found themselves struggling economically and migrated into cities to find work in the emerging industrialized labor movement . Ho... ... middle of paper ... ...ov/rori/index.htm, 2011 Santoro, Gene., Top Secret Rosies: The Female Computers of WWII. 2011, Volume 25 Issue 6, p.70, Accession Number: 58110946 Siebel, Julia M., Remembering the Riveter. Organization of American Historians. OAH Newsletter, p. 15. 2005 Sorensen, Aja, Rosie the Riveter: Women Working during World War II. Retrieved from, (n.d.) Triche, Warren, 'Rosie the Riveter' reminder of women's history. Retrieved from, 2011. U.S. Supreme Court Center, Bradwell v. State of Illinois. Retrieved from,, 2011. Williams, Timothy, Geraldine Doyle, Iconic Face of World War II Dies at 86. New York Times Retrieved from 2010.

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  • Analyzes how the role of women in american history has evolved over the past few centuries, from housewife to highly paid corporate executive to political leader. this paper will examine one such pivotal moment, fashioned from the fictitious character known as ‘rosie the riveter’.
  • Analyzes how the united states supreme court's 1873 ruling sums up how women were perceived by their male counterparts prior to world war ii.
  • Explains that women were not strangers to the work force in the turn of the century, as the developing american nation altered the lives of its citizens.
  • Explains that during world war ii, the united states began to manufacture war materials to support its allies through lucrative government defense contracts.
  • Explains how the government devised a propaganda enriched advertising campaign to motivate the masses of women by appealing to their sense of patriotism.
  • Explains that the henry kaiser shipyard in richmond, california, employed up to 120,000 workers, most of whom were women. the rosie the riveter/world war ii national historical park researches and interprets the war effort's history.
  • Explains that women faced daily challenges from their male supervisors, who greatly underestimated the ability of their female employees.
  • Explains that there is another set of lesser known ‘rosies’ who served in the workforce during world war ii and are known by some as “top secret rosies”.
  • Explains that every shell, bomb that found an axis target did so because of these women's painstaking, pre-computer calculations for velocity, trajectory, and so on.
  • Explains that these amazing women contributed to the success of the war. other notable female achievements included those that assisted with the manhattan project in los alamos and those who served as code breakers for the national security agency.
  • Explains that geraldine doyle was the face behind the famous "we can do it" poster of rosie the riveter.
  • Explains that after the war, women were told they had to leave their jobs, especially those who were married and felt overburdened with home and work responsibilities. rosie's image faded into the folds of history and was replaced by new advertisement during the 1950s.
  • Opines that rosie's iconic image would again emerge within various campaigns, such as the feminist movement in the 1980s who used the poster’s image to challenge gender stereotypes and promote equality.
  • Explains that during world war ii, when the american labor market was in desperate need, a call for aid was sent out, for which many women responded.
  • Explains the real story of "rosie the riveter": a ford motor company employee.
  • Describes the military history of geraldine doyle, aka rosie the riveter.
  • Cites siebel, julia m., 'rosie the riveter' reminder of women's history.
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