Hello propaganda! Rosie the Riveter is an American cultural icon, and stands for all the American women who worked in factories during World War II. She represents especially those women who helped produce munitions and war supplies, those who supported the war effort with their bare hands and their sweat.
The first famous picture of Rosie the Riveter is authored by J. Howard Miller, an artist from Pittsburgh who cleverly used the slogan, “We can do it,” in order to gather support for the war. As iconic as it became, the poster should not be praised too much if you like peace and hate useless violence.
World War II, despite the propaganda made in each and every one of the countries involved, was still a war, and a very devastating one. No matter what posters like these say, it wasn’t a just war, and we can hardly even associate those two terms. There was a Rosie the Riveter in most of the countries involved in the war, and she should be remembered, indeed. But not as an exemplary individual who loves her country. She should be kept in mind as a reminder of the greatest war there ever was and probably also as a useful learning tool for those studying propaganda and political communication.
Such an event shouldn’t happen again and it is a disaster that we, unlike Rosie, can prevent. You can find a Rosie the Riveter puzzle at Puzzle Warehouse, featuring 1000 pieces and a finished size of 26.5 x 19.25 inches. Let the slogan motivate you in your effort to assemble the jigsaw puzzle: If Rosie could, you can do it as well.