Using Google as my search engine, I received this 15.2 KB image from http://www.anb.org/articles/20/20-01920.html. The image seems to be in clear condition, considering its modifications since its original publication. This image was initially considered an American wartime propaganda poster, created by J. Howard Miller in 1943. The poster is usually called “We Can Do It!” but may also be considered and known as “Rosie the Riveter.” During World War ll, government officials and industrial leaders encouraged the emergence of women into the workforce, in order to replace the loss of male workers who joined the war as soldiers. In different forms of media such as movies, newspapers, posters, photographs and articles, the “Rosie the Riveter” campaign stressed the importance of patriotic need for women to enter the work force. This motivational poster seemed to be working considering a dramatic increase in female workers in the years of 1940 and 1945, rising nearly ten percent. As the topic for my essay, I discussed how women’s role in society changed during the roaring twenties, after acquiring the legal right to vote. Twenty years after that time frame, women continued to experience growth in their societal duties and developed a sense of equality within their communities. “Rosie the Riveter” has gone from a wartime propaganda poster in the 1940s to a feminist symbol in current society. The image provides a sense of women empowerment and persuades the female population that they are capable of anything. I chose this image to represent my discussion topic because I enjoy exploring how women’s role in society has greatly increased and expanded. Throughout history, women slowly but surely earned equality in most aspects of life, including politics, the workforce, and in private life at home. Although there is always room for improvement regarding how much rights and equality women really do have, this image illustrates that women are capable of anything and that they are needed in order for society to succeed and prosper.
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