Rosie Can Do It! Can You?

Women Who Work in Factories Help America Through War Crisis.

Summary of Event

Rosie the Riveter was a group of women from all around the United States helping out through the war crisis. The woman helped by working in factories making war equipment. For example, they made aircraft and ships. Geraldine Hoff Doyle was the woman that was the inspiration of the “We Can Do It!” poster. After the war was over the men came back. Some woman stayed working in the factories, while others went back to their homes.


Rosie the Riveter is a made up figure who was inspired by many women all over the United States. Rosie the Riveter came to be in the 1940. Rose Bonavita, Rosalind P. Walter, Geraldine Hoff Doyle, and Rose Will Monroe were just a few of the real life "Roses". One of the more well known poster is Geraldine Hoff Doyle as Rosie the Riveter in the "We Can Do It" poster.

While the men were off fighting the war the women were helping back at home. The women were either at home or out working in factories. Some stayed home because they thought if they were in the factories working they wouldn't be as feminine. Then, others chose to go work in factories. While they were working in the factories they were building war industries, building ships, aircraft, vehicles, and weaponry. Women also worked in munitions plants and farms and drove trucks. Women also enlisted as nurses serving on the front lines, and there was a great increase in the number of women serving for the military itself.

During this period of time there was a popular song that was introduced, it was called Rosie the Riveter song. This song was meant to encourage women to work in factories and to talk about how women are just as capable as men are. Even though the women show that they could work as hard as the men and even better. They weren't all able to stay and work when the men came back. They either went back to working at home or few were able to stay working in the factories.


Crena Anderson was inspired by Rosie the Riveter, so she went to work in factories making airplanes. After her brother died in war, she was very worried about her husband who was fighting. Everyday when she went to work she never showed off. After a while, she had to take time
off of work because she had a baby. While earning enough money for the baby was hard enough, she was already embarrassed for having big muscles. She never wore short sleeve shirts because of this embarrassment; always quarter sleeves. Today she is now 91 years oldliving life good.

Dorthy McMann was another woman that worked in an aircraft factory in Baltimore. She says that she remembers changing from a nice gown to overalls and a baseball cap. After she learned how to build aircraft, she says she loved going to work everyday. Dorthy is also 91 years old today.
Rosie the Riveter Song


  • Geraldine Hoff Doyle was the inspiration for the “We Can Do It” post
  • Most of the women's names had some form of the name “Rosie”
  • In 1940-1945, the women's workforce went up 10% from 26% to 37%.
  • There is a group of 1st-2nd generation who is still meeting today and doing things in the community.
  • More than 310,000 woman join the aircraft in the U.S.


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