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Rosie the Riveter: Working Women and World War II

The female icon of World War II, "Rosie the Riveter" depicted women workers during World War II. This research guide serves as an introduction to primary and secondary resources on this subject both at the Library of Congress and on the Web.

Introduction

There are two primary images that are associated with the character "Rosie the Riveter":

The Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division holds hundreds of images relating to American women workers in World War II. Selected images, like the ones shown below, were issued by the U.S. government or by commercial sources during World War II, and often to encourage women to join the work force or to highlight other aspects of the war effort.