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Rosie the Riveter


‘Rosie the 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.

Riveter was 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.

A historical 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 photographs.

The exhibition has been produced thanks to financial support from the vfonds (National Fund for Peace, Freedom, and Veterans care).

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