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Rosie the Riveter

Rosie the Riveter

World War II was a trying time for the United States, for numerous reasons. Not only was it wartime, a draft was imposed and factories were operating at high production demand with a low supply of workers. This high demand and low supply environment can be a deadly combination amidst wartime. "AMERICA NEEDS YOU" was the call that was answered by women across the country to help fill this need in the workforce.

These women were doing the work typically considered "men's work," while men were serving in the military. These women worked in factories, aircraft assembly
plants, munition plants, farms, lumber mills, and railroads. The majority of these ladies had never worked outside of the home before, and this movement showed that they can learn any kind of job; therefore, changing the perception of women for the future.

"Rosie the Riveter" has become a generic term for all the working women of World War II. Rosie the Riveter originated from a group of women named Rose, who were compiled to form the iconic Rosie the Riveter poster.
After the war, these Rosies were inspired to form the American Rosie the Riveter Association (ARRA), with Dr. Frances Carter as their founder. The association was founded in 1998, because they have a legacy to uphold, and they also would hold an annual convention.

In present day, Rosie the Riveter is seen as a popular iconic figure in women's history. This figure is a household name and is often portrayed as a strong female role model. Socksmith wanted to play a part in the support of this iconic figure, by portraying Rosie on socks! At the 2016 annual convention for ARRA, Dr. Carter was given a couple pairs of Rosie the Riveter socks! This support of strong women is essential, which is at the foundation of the ARRA. We are so glad Dr. Carter loves the socks!

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