The Post’s cover illustrated, Rockwell’s Rosie sitting erect, medals around her neck, shown on her lunch break, resting one muscular arm on a riveter while the other holds a sandwich to her face. However, Rockwell portrays her with some important details, a giant American flag waves behind her, the lace handkerchief visible in her right-hand pocket, and her foot placed smack on the cover of Adolph Hitler’s Mein Kampf, as if desecrating it with her shoe ("Rosie the Riveter" 1941-1945). These small details show just how patriotic the message was intended to be.
Crotts 2 The message of her strength, patriotism, and fulfillment of duty became the symbolism of Rosie the Riveter. Additionally, she is strong, confident, curvaceous and capable. She is alone, not dependent on a man, and exudes self-sufficiency and pride (Who was Rosie the Riveter?). She was meant to represent the ideal female worker and help fill the temporary industrial labor shortage caused by the combination of fewer male workers due to the draft and/or enlistment and increased production of military equipment and supplies[ CITATION Low17 \l 1033 ].
- Fall '18
- M. Tomberlin