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These Pictures Of Real-Life Rosie The Riveters Kind Of Blew My Mind

World War II’s real-life Rosie the Riveters look a lot like the ads themselves — only way cooler. Rosie first came to be as a character in 1942, and during the war, three million women worked at plants building tanks, guns and aircraft bombers. The campaign didn’t exist solely to motivate women to work — a lot of effort was also put into encouraging men to accept the idea of their wives taking on jobs in male-dominated industries, because apparently, some dudes at the time had a serious problem with it. A lot of us heard about this stuff in fifth grade history class, but what I didn’t know is that there are lots of real pictures of these hard-working ladies out there. I always associated the women’s war effort with those famous propaganda posters, but the real-life photos preserved by the Library of Congress are way more interesting to look at (and I know it’s not the most important part, but I have to admit, I freaking love their style). The pictures make me stop and think in a way that my childhood textbooks could never quite conjure up. As much as the turbulence of today’s world scares me, I can’t fathom what it must have been like to make the kinds of tough choices these ladies did in a time that was even more uncertain than right now — and in a society that was much more closed off to women. Keep reading »

Princess Leia Can Do It!

Rosie the Riveter ain’t got nothing on Princess Leia. Did they have feminism a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away? [The Mary Sue] Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: “Rosie The Riveter” Model Dies At 86

  • Rosie The Riveter” has died. Geraldine Hoff Doyle, the model for “Rosie,” a WWII factory worker who implored to other ladies “We Can Do It!,” passed away on Sunday at 86. As a 17-year-old in 1942, Geraldine was working as a metal presser at a Michigan factory when she was captured on film by a United Press photographer. Without Geraldine’s knowledge, the image for the photo was drawn by graphic artist J. Howard Miller and used by the labor movement. It later became iconic during the feminist movement during the latter half of the century. Geraldine was apparently not aware of the “Rosie The Riveter” poster until the 1980s when she saw her own face staring back at her within the pages of a magazine. [New York Times]

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6 Feminist Fashion Statements

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I’m proud to call myself a feminist. I also love jewelry. And while we should be wary of commodifying political movements, I think it’s always valuable to increase feminism’s visibility. If I get to wear a cute necklace in the process, so be it. After the jump, some clothing and accessories that let you wear your feminist feelings on your sleeve–quite literally. [Feminist Fist Necklace, $10, Etsy] Keep reading »

Pink Can Do It!

Is feminist icon Rosie The Riveter going to be Pink‘s Halloween costume this year? Nope, it’s just a look from the video for her new single “Raise Your Glass,” which debuts on Monday. [AfterEllen.com] Keep reading »

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