- Rosie the Riveter was a media icon associated with female defense workers during World War II.
- Since the 1940s Rosie the Riveter has stood as a symbol for women in the workforce and for women’s independence.
- Folded greeting card with the iconic image measures 5x7-in with white envelope.
Did you know?
- Rosalind P. Walter was the first 'Rosie the Riveter'
- Walter was recruited at 19 as an assembly line worker at the Vought Aircraft Company in Stratford, Connecticut.
- Walter was one of the millions of women to assume the traditional man's job of driving rivets into fighter planes during World War II—didn't really need to join the movement.
- Born on June 24, 1924, in Brooklyn, she grew up in a wealthy and genteel Long Island home as one of four children of Carleton and Winthrop (Bushnell) Palmer.
- She attended the Ethel Walker School in Simsbury, Connecticut—one of the first college-preparatory boarding schools for upper-class women—and graduated with a chance to attend either Smith or Vassar College.
- Yet, when American women entered the workforce in unprecedented numbers during the war, she chose to sacrifice the opportunities ahead of her and join the home-front crusade to arm the troops with munitions, warships, and aircraft.
- According to The New York Times, Walter was recruited at 19 as an assembly line worker at the Vought Aircraft Company in Stratford, Connecticut.
- She worked the night shift driving rivets into the metal bodies of Corsair fighter planes at a plant—a job that had traditionally been reserved for men.
- Her story caught the attention of the syndicated newspaper columnist Igor Cassini, who featured her in his Cholly Knickerbocker column. This piece went on to inspire the iconic morale-boosting 1942 song "Rosie the Riveter," which in turn gave way to the archetype of the hard-working women in overalls and bandanna-wrapped hair.
- She was most recently known as an American philanthropist and humanities advocate - best known for her late 20th and early 21st century support for public television programming across the United States.
- Walter died on March 4, 2020 at age 95