Historical Women in Aerospace & Manufacturing
Rosie the Riveter was a fictional character developed in 1942 during World War II. She was a cultural icon who represented women doing industrial work and who encouraged other women to join the workforce while men were at war. During this time, many women took new jobs building war supplies and replacing the male workers who were in the military. Washington Women in Trades wrote the above stories about real life Rosies who were a part of the six million women to join the workforce during the war. These women were riveters and buckers who helped pave the way to success for other women joining the aerospace and manufacturing trades.