The Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter

Film, Documentaries

Time Out says

'Do the job HE left behind' the wartime posters urged American women. Connie Field's documentary explores and exposes the sexual hierarchy of labour operated during (and after) World War II as women quit their homes for the factories while the menfolk did their bit for 'Democracy'. Despite guarantees of continued work for women, the end of the war saw men resume their traditional position in the economy, and women encouraged 'Back to the stove and the marital bed'. Combining propaganda film and newsreel footage - often to hilarious effect - Field contrasts it with recollections from some of the women today in interviews that reveal the extent of sexual and racial discrimination they encountered. Consummately skilful in articulating vital political issues through a strong sense of humour.

By: MA


Release details

65 mins

Cast and crew

Connie Field
Connie Field
Lola Weixel
Margaret Wright
Lyn Childs
Gladys Belcher
Wanita Allen
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