Weird History 23 Inspiring Photographs of Working Women During the War Years  

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She's muscled and serious. She's hard at work. She's wearing a red bandana and a blue jumpsuit. She's Rosie the Riveter, an icon that symbolizes the many women who jumped into munitions assembly lines, showed up at navy yards, took to the fields for harvesting, and put themselves on the front lines as nurses, all as part of the war efforts during World War 1 and World War 2. Thanks to the US Library of Congress, we have a rich trove of photos of real-life Rosie the Riveters working hard on the home front and abroad. Check out this list for rare photos of women working during the World Wars. 

Countersinking the Detonator Tube Hole and Filling in a Hand Grenade, WWI


Countersinking the Detonator T... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 23 Inspiring Photographs of Working Women During the War Years
Photo: U.S. Library of Congress

Riveting Team Working on a B-17F Bomber at the Boeing Plant in Seattle, WWII


Riveting Team Working on a B-1... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 23 Inspiring Photographs of Working Women During the War Years
Photo: Ann Rosener/U.S. Library of Congress

Lunchtime in the Women's Locker at the Pennsylvania Railroad Yards, WWII


Lunchtime in the Women's L... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 23 Inspiring Photographs of Working Women During the War Years
Photo: Marjorie Collins/via History in Photos

Painting the American Insignia on Repaired Navy Planes, WWII


Painting the American Insignia... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 23 Inspiring Photographs of Working Women During the War Years
Photo: Howard Hollem/U.S. Library of Congress