During World War II, 600,000 African-American women entered the wartime
workforce. Previously, black women’s work in the United States was
largely limited to domestic service and agricultural work, and wartime
industries meant new and better-paying opportunities – if they made it
through the hiring process, that is. White women were the targets of the
U.S. government’s propaganda efforts, as embodied in the lasting and
lauded image of Rosie the Riveter.Though largely ignored in America’s
popular history of World War II, black women’s important contributions
in World War II factories, which weren’t always so welcoming, are
stunningly captured in these comparably rare snapshots of black Rosie
Reblogging because I’ve never seen these before, and I bet a lot of people haven’t.
If you are really interested in this history, might I recommend both Creating Rosie the Riveter: Class, Gender, and Propaganda in World War II and Bitter Fruit: African-American Women in World War II.