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, WWIPhoto: U.S. Library of Congress
Riveting Team Working on a B-17F Bomber at the Boeing Plant in Seattle, WWIIPhoto: Ann Rosener / U.S. Library of Congress
Lunchtime in the Women's Locker at the Pennsylvania Railroad Yards, WWIIPhoto: Marjorie Collins / via History in Photos
Painting the American Insignia on Repaired Navy Planes, WWIIPhoto: Howard Hollem / U.S. Library of Congress