Based on Rosie the Riveter, a cultural icon of the United States, representing the American women who worked in war factories during World War II, many of whom worked in the manufacturing plants that produced munitions and materiel. These women took new jobs and sometimes the places of the male workers who were in the military. The character is now considered a feminist icon in the US, and a herald of women’s economic power to come.
Rosie went on to become perhaps the most widely recognized icon of that era. The films and posters she appeared in were used to encourage women to go to work in support of the war effort. On January 12, 2009 Shirley Karp (who was the original Rosie during 1939-1941) passed away. Until her death, she was the oldest living Rosie the Riveter model.
We Can Do It, Yes We Can! I created this work in support of Barack Obama’s fight for affordable health care, affordable higher education, energy independence, prosperity and peace.