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Rosie the Riveter: Working Women and World War II

Visual Resources


The Library's pictorial collections contain hundreds of images relating to American women workers in World War II. The following guide provides access to selected images issued by the U.S. government or by commercial sources during World War II.  Often the purpose of these images was to encourage women to join the work force or to highlight other aspects of the war effort. 

Searching for Visual Resources

Additional images relating to women working during World War II, can be retrieved in the Prints & Photographs Online Catalog. (Some images will display only a thumbnail image when searching from outside the Library of Congress, because of rights considerations.) Fruitful search terms include:

Additional searching can be done using the following collections: