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What if Rosie Wasn’t a Riveter?

The end of summer is upon us.  Many will be celebrating over the three day weekend. (Some of us will be celebrating after the first day of school. . .)

Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.

US Department of Labor, 2013

Tomorrow is tribute to American workers, now and in the past.

So, what if Rosie wasn’t a riveter?

There’s lots of jobs open for women . . . and they pay not less than $1.04 an hour.  Ruey

Detail of letter from a high school chum encouraging my mother to leave her senior year of college, and join the workforce in the war effort.  Which she did.

Letter w/ads $1.04 an hourMinimum wage was .30¢ an hour in 1939, and .40¢ in 1945.

A sample of employment ads the letter included targeting female applicants from the Oregonian, 1943 (Portland, OR and Vancouver, WA).

Rosie could also have been:Fred Meyer 1943

Staff of Life?

Who could say no to selling the staff of life?


Swing shift Legible handwriting; I'd be out

Two full pages of opportunities; a few less if you were over 40.

Other possibilities:

Between 1940 and 1945, the female percentage of the U.S. workforce increased from 27 percent to nearly 37 percent, and by 1945 nearly one out of every four married women worked outside the home.

1943 jobs

A night shift at private club seems a bit fishy.

Female workers wanted

Thanks again Rosie.

Happy Labor Day!

Linking to:

 Making the World Cuter


One Thought on “What if Rosie Wasn’t a Riveter?

  1. Eggplant on 5 September, 2013 at 7:50 pm said:

    Love the historical context of Rosie the Riveted combined with the want ads targeting women in the workforce.

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