Rosie the Riveter
Riveter’ is the name that became synonymous with the American women who worked
in the factories during World War II. They filled the gaps in the job market
that occurred when men went off to fight at the front. Millions of women
flocked to the factories to produce war materials: everything from car tyres to
airplanes. They did hard and sometimes dangerous work that was previously seen
as ‘men’s work’, and received a salary that before the war, women could only
dream of. This offered young women independence and they were eager for more.
The role of women in the job market would never be the same. The National
Liberation Museum 1944-1945 shows the extraordinary history of these women from 28 January to 1 October 2017 in the temporary exhibition ‘Rosie the Riveter’.
A homage to the women who worked for our freedom.
the most important profession in the construction of airplanes. To make one
B-26 bomber, 25,000 parts had to be attached with 300,000 rivets. The thousands
of women who did this work became a symbol for the working women during the
war. However, women did much more during World War II. They maintained the
railroads, worked as firefighters, flew transport planes, brought in the
harvest, tested weapons, drew blueprints and much more. Ranging from the
stunning propaganda posters that would call on women to get a war job to the
less than glamourous reality of working overtime and sleeping in packed
emergency housing: the exhibition ‘Rosie the Riveter’ puts their stories in a
broad international context. It will show how this history inspired generations
of women and how the famous ‘We Can Do It!’ poster became a feminist icon.
researcher of the National Liberation Museum travelled to the United States for
this exhibition and collected hundreds of photographs and stories that have
never been shown before. The result is an abundance of engaging video footage,
music, historical objects of real-life Rosies, and a large number of incredible
The exhibition has been produced thanks to financial support from the vfonds (National Fund for Peace, Freedom, and Veterans care).
‘Peace and Freedom’ liberation concert
The Vivace Millingen choir, the Fanfare St. Cecilia saxophone ensemble and the National Liberation Museum 1944-1945 will hold a Liberation Concert in the Protestant Church in Groesbeek on Saturday 29 April 2017 at 7:30 pm.
Group Day Packages 2017
The National Liberation Museum has a number of special group day packages in 2017.
Battlefield tours 2017
The National Liberation Museum offers various battlefield tours in 2017: bus tours, bicycle tours and battlefield tours in historical army vehicles.
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Rosie the Riveter
A homage to the women who worked for freedom
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