Six Michigan Manufacturing Councils have come together in search of links to Rosie the Riveter's history. The groups are collectively planning an event at the State Capitol that will include hundreds of women in manufacturing from across the state.
"We hope to honor the hard work and dedication of women in our industry while paying tribute to a well-known icon," said Cindy Kangas, Executive Director of Capital Area Manufacturing Council. "Women in factories evolved during WWI and WWII. As males joined the military, the production of wartime products became necessary. Michigan women entered the workforce to run drill presses, weld, operate cranes, use screw machines, and handle metalworking equipment. They performed manual labor to produce the products but were also involved in the design, testing, and distribution."
"We know there are empowering stories to tell," Tanya Blehm, Manager of Great Lakes Bay Manufacturers Association, added. "We hope people will come forward so we can celebrate the contributions of these female leaders and innovators."
Rosie the Riveter is an allegorical cultural icon in the United States who represents the women who worked in factories and shipyards during World War II, many of whom produced munitions and war supplies. These women sometimes took entirely new jobs replacing the male workers who joined the military. She is widely recognized in the "We Can Do It!" poster as a symbol of American feminism and women's economic advantage. Similar images of women war workers appeared in other countries such as Britain and Australia. The idea of Rosie the Riveter originated in a song written in 1942 by Redd Evans and John Jacob Loeb. Images of women workers were widespread in the media in formats such as government posters, and commercial advertising was heavily used by the government to encourage women to volunteer for wartime service in factories. Rosie the Riveter became the subject and title of a Hollywood film in 1944. Taken from Wikipedia
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