Wednesday, November 19, 2008

ABC Wednesday-R





ROSIE the RIVETER

All the day long,
Whether Rain or shine,
She's a part of the assembly line.
She's making history,
Working for victory,
ROSIE the RIVETER.

Keeps a sharp lookout for sabotage,
Sitting up there on the fuselage.
That little girl will do more than a male will do.

ROSIE'S got a boyfriend, Charlie.
Charlie, he's a Marine.
ROSIE is protecting Charlie,
Working overtime on the Riveting machine.

When they gave her a production "E",
She was as proud as she could be,
There's something true about,
Red, white, and blue about,
ROSIE the RIVETER.

Redd Evans and John Jacob Loeb


"ROSIE the RIVETER" was a classic folk hero who helped mobilize the popular image of women in the work force during World War II.

There were huge campaigns of propaganda posters and flyers that went around supporting the idea of women entering the work place while men were away in the war.

The well-known poster with the women in a bandana shouting, "We Can Do It!"was created before "ROSIE the RIVETER" was shown in the film promoting the war effort.

There was in fact a real "ROSIE the RIVETER".

Even though she was found after they had created the classical character, she fit the profile completely.

Rose Monroe was the Real life "ROSIE the RIVETER", a Riveter in the Willow Run Aircraft Factory in Michigan, Riveting plane parts together.

She had moved from Kentucky to Michigan after her husband died, and Riveting planes to help support herself and her two children.

While making a short film about selling war bonds, actor Walter Pidgeon discovered her.

He then decided to make her into "ROSIE the RIVETER" in the film, she also appeared in other promotional war films.

According to one of her daughters, Vickie Jarvis, "she happened to be in the Right place at the Right time and was chosen to be in some of these films."

The character of "ROSIE the RIVETER" was credited for an enormous increase in the number of women joining the work force to help support the war.

The emergence of women doing predominately men's jobs led indirectly to the issue of the Women's Movement.
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42 comments:

naturglede said...

That was a realy good one for the R. Greate girl:) Have a nice day!

earthlingorgeous said...

This is such a great post! Thanks for the new knowledge again! Rosie Riveter :) You changed your blog lay-out! It looks great!

Earth

Brian said...

What a great story, loved this blog thank you. and thank you for you comments on my red and restful sunset.

Brian

RuneE said...

A Real history lesson - everything new to me.

Thank you for sharing!

Miss_Yves said...

I Repeat the comments of Runee!
A Real Revolution in the Rights of women !

Liz said...

That is very interesting. Amazing that it took a war to bring forward the women's movement.

Love the bear.

And the new header.

Moannie said...

You never fail to please and amuse, lovely.

Chesapeake Bay Woman said...

Really rosy! Rather remarkable!

bobbie said...

I'm old enough to remember Rosie very well.

I like your new look on the blog very much.

AphotoAday said...

Yep, Rosie really won WW2 for us...

We had a shipyard near here (in Sausalito) that made Liberty ships -- they hired a great many women, and it was found they made much better welders than most men.

Dave said...

Righting Rocks!

Mental P Mama said...

Amen! I hope you are feeling better;) Hugs.

kenju said...

I knew she was real, but I didn't know the details. Thanks, Bear.

Sailor Girl said...

WONDERFUL!!!! FIVE-STARS!!!!!

Aileni said...

A Forties Bear and no mistake.

marina said...

That's what I said when I went for computer lessons:"I CAN DO IT!!!" The result is my blog and -unfortunately - not a job!!!

Rob (Inukshuk Adventure) said...

Great post as always. Glad you're back blogging. ;)

antigoni said...

I loved the opening poem. Excellent post!

Midlife Slices said...

I'm so happy to have you back! I hope you are feeling better, dear Bear. :)

~*sis*~ said...

great R day....and love your bearie theme :)

Darlene said...

I worked in the Douglas Aircraft Factory as a file clerk for about six months during WW II. One day I had to go through the hanger where the aircraft were being built and saw many Rosies up on those bombers riveting away. The sound was deafening and it really hurt my ears to walk through there. I don't know how those gals stood it, even with ear plugs.

nonizamboni said...

Absolutely delightful post! And I am amazed at how many people I've met who had a mother or knew someone who worked in those factories during the war. |
Love your new look too.
Happy Wednesday!

becky voyles said...

Cute! I thought of you today, Bear Naked... because I noticed the trees are beginning to be bare naked. LOL I was wondering if you have a Rhett Butler bear? That would make a great R post too.

becky voyles said...

P. S. I have relatives that are Rowlands in Idaho.

Suldog said...

Cool history lesson. I knew of Rosie The Riveter, but not in such great detail. Thanks!

JeanMac said...

I've always loved that story! Thanks for posting. My Mom(nurse)was one of the few working moms when I was a child, except for teachers. I was proud of her.

i beati said...

here's wha I don't understand 've mastered the scheduling but still don't know how you get your bears in all these outfits!!sandy

Dianne said...

Brava to Rosie!! and to you.

What a wonderful way to recognize the contribution of women to the war effort and to the work force.

Glad you're feeling well enough to do such a great post!!

Leslie: said...

Fabulous! I enjoy so much popping over to see your bears. This one is so cute! And historical, too. :D

Daryl said...

Fun .. I had, just replaced them a few weeks ago, Rosie the Riveter POT HOLDERS/Oven mitts!


:-Daryl

Smart Mouth Broad said...

Really glad you Returned. Rooting for the Revved up Recovery. I love Rosie the Riveter!

Jay said...

Where do you find all the bears to perfectly illustrate your posts? She's absolutely spot-on!

How lovely to know that there really was a Rosie the Rivetter!

Rose said...

This ROSE has always admired ROSIE the Riveter! Great choice for today's post, Bear. And I like your new header:)

photowannabe said...

Very cool history lesson. My Dad worked in the shipyards during WWII that aphotoaday talks about. I wonder if he met dear Rosie?
Great original R post.

D Herrod said...

Cute.

magiceye said...

that was beautifully interesting

Dragonstar said...

Brilliant post! Absolutely adorable bear, and a fascinating history as well. Your posts always say something.

ChrissyM said...

Very cute! Love all your bears.

Thank you for sharing from the ABC Team.

Chrissy

kml said...

She is adorable!

kRiZ cPEc said...

have a nice weekend!

Ackworth born said...

what a fascinating story.

Neva said...

This is a great R....Rosie the riveter...wow.....