The Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter | Chicago Reader

The Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter

Connie Field's intelligent, quietly passionate 1980 documentary on the women's workforce of World War II. Its subject isn't so much the ability of women to do a “man's job” in factories and construction as it is the power and abuse of propaganda, the ease with which ideologies can be altered to suit the economic needs of the moment. Field documents the ways in which the image of the working woman was changed from a negative to a positive one, and then shifted back again when postwar society demanded wives and mothers. The presentation is honest, direct, and disturbing. 60 min.


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