Rosie the Riveter
the Riveter is a cultural icon, whose image was used to
promote the WOW's (Woman Ordnance Workers), of the United
States, representing the American women who worked in war
factories during World War II, many of whom worked in the
manufacturing plants that produced munitions and materiel.
What do you know about Rosie the Riveter?
Try this U.S. History Made Easy Trivia quiz. You'll find the
answers at the bottom of the page.
1) Although Rosie the Riveters took on male dominated
trades during WWII, women were expected to return to their
everyday housework once men returned from the war.
2) Rosie the Riveter was most closely associated with a
real woman, Rose Will Monroe, who was born in Pulaski County,
Kentucky in 1920 and moved to Michigan during World War
II. Where did she work as a riveter in Ypsilanti,
Michigan, building B-29 and B-24 bombers for the U.S. Army Air
- Willow Run Aircraft Factory
- Willow Grove Power Center
- Ford Factory - Willow Grove
3) Monroe was asked to star in a promotional film about the
war effort at home, and was featured in a poster campaign.
4) The song "Rosie the Riveter" by was released
in early 1943, and Monroe happened to best fit the description
of the worker depicted in the song. The films and posters she
appeared in were used to encourage women to go to work in
support of the war effort. Who wrote the song?
- Henry James
- Kay Kyser
- Burt Kelly
5) The "Rosie the Riveter" movement increased the
number of working American women, a 57% increase from 1940.
What was the 1944 total of working American women?
- 20 million
- 40 million
- 60 million
6) Although the image of "Rosie the Riveter"
reflected the industrial work of welders and riveters during
World War II, the majority of working women filled non-factory
positions in every sector of the economy.
7) The average man working in a wartime plant was paid
$54.65 ($500 - 2008 dollars) per week. What was the average
- $31.50 per week ($288.22 - 2008 dollars)
- $45.65 per week ($417.70 - 2008 dollars)
- $54.00 per week ($494.01 - 2008 dollars)
8) The Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National
Historical Park was opened in Richmond, California, site of
four Kaiser shipyards, where thousands of "Rosies"
from around the country worked (although ships at the Kaiser
yards were not riveted, but rather welded). Over 200 former
Rosies attended the ceremony. When did the park open?
- October 14, 2000
- September 11, 2001
- February 6, 2000
9) The Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter is a 1981
documentary film about the American women who went to work
during World War II to do "men's jobs." In 1996, it
was selected for preservation in the United States National
Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being
"culturally, historically, or aesthetically
significant". Who directed the documentary film?
- Connie Field
- Connie Mack
- Helen Ready
10) The image most ironically associated with Rosie is J.
Howard Miller's famous poster for Westinghouse, titled We
Can Do It!, which was modeled by a Michigan factory worker
in 1942. Who was the worker model?
- Geraldine Doyle
- Esther Baker
- Ruth Roman