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Rosie The Riveter
Flexing Her Muscles
Rosie the Riveter, a popular 1942 song, turned Rosie the Riveter into an iconic representation of the American women who worked in factories and manufacturing plants during World War II, filling the jobs of men who were away on active duty and supporting the war effort at home. The song inspired women to join the workforce in vast numbers, both fulfilling their patriotic duty and changing the role of women in the American workplace forever. In time, this led to equal pay at equal work.
All the day long,
Whether rain or shine,
She’s a part of the assembly line.
She’s making history,
Working for victory,
Rosie the Riveter.
Keeps a sharp lookout for sabotage,
Sitting up there on the fuselage.
That little girl will do more than a male will do.
Rosie’s got a boyfriend, Charlie.
Charlie, he’s a Marine.
Rosie is protecting Charlie,
Working overtime on the riveting machine.
When they gave her a production “E,”
She was as proud as a girl could be.
There’s something true about,
Red, white, and blue about,
Rosie the Riveter.
By songwriters, Redd Evans and John Jacob Loeb
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