Labor Day… it’s a celebration of the achievements of American workers (past, present and future). We’re honoring the holiday by showcasing animator Catherine Satrun’s newfangled version of Rosie the Riveter, a cultural icon who represents the 6 million American women who went to work in factories and in the service sector during World War II to keep the country going while their brothers, sons and husbands were fighting abroad.
As Scholastic put it, “As the armed forces filled its ranks with manpower, industry filled its jobs with womanpower.” Many of these wonder women took on male dominated trades (welding, electrical, riveting and engine repair), some producing munitions and war supplies, only to be expected to go back to their everyday housework once the men returned from the war. What unified the experiences of these women was that they proved to themselves (and the country) that they could do a “man’s job” and could do it well. For that reason, Rosie the Riveter has also come to symbolize women’s economic power.
Catherine, who works as part of the “Sketchy Duo” alongside her artist twin sister Sarah, says of her Rosie, “As women working in a mainly male dominated field, we’ve been inspired by Rosie the Riveter images for the past few years. I thought it would be a fun twist to add some Wonder Woman imagery into the image.”