Women’s rights were forged from steel during World War II by Rosie the Riveter, pictured in J. Howard Miller’s “We Can Do It!” While men were at war, six million women replaced them at industrial plants. Creating a poster for Westinghouse, Rosie’s iconic feminist image appeared on magazines, newspapers and posters, and helped increase women’s earning power and acceptance into male-dominated trades.
American graphic artist J. Howard Miller helped forge women’s rights from factory steel during WW II. Miller was hired by Westinghouse to create a series of posters to support of the war effort. Replacing men who had gone off to war, six million women began working at manufacturing plants. In 1992, the most empowering, iconic image of the series appeared as a U.S. postage stamp as part of its WW II series.