Rosie the Riveter at Work – Color Photos of Women in WWII

From 1940 to 1945  working women had rose from 25% to 35% of the workforce. By the end of the war, approximately one of four married women worked outside the home. In 1943, nearly 310,00 women were working the in  U.S. aircraft industry alone.

Color photos of women in WWII - Rosie working on airplane

Annette del Sur publicizing a salvage campaign for the Douglas Aircraft Company

Annette del Sur

Part of the cowling for for a B-25 bomber is assembled in the engine department of North American Aviation’s Inglewood plant.

B-25 Cowling Assembly

C. & N.W. R.R. Cloe Weaver, mother of four children, employed as a helper at the roundhouse, Clinton, Iowa.

Cloe Weaver

Rosie Taking a Coffee Break

Rosie the Riveter Taking a Coffee Break

Frances Eggleston,23, from Oklahoma working on the nose of an airplane.

Frances Eggleston

Mary Louise Stepan, 21, used to be a waitress. She has a brother in the Army Air Corps. She is working on parts in the hand mill.

Mary Louise

Operating a hand drill at Vaultee-Nashville, woman is working on a Vaultee Vengeance dive bomber at the Nashville Tennessee plant.


Rosie the Riveter hard at work.


Pearl Harbor Widows, October 1942

Pearl Harbor Widows - October 1942

Rosie the Riveter working on a Consolidated B-24 bomber, Consolidated Aircraft Corp., Fort Worth, Texas.

Rosie the Riveter working on a Consolidated B-24 bomber

Women workers, working on a Radial Engine

Women working on C-47 engine

Rosie working on an radial engines at North American Aviation, Inc., plant in California.

Woman working on radials

Rosie having lunch on their lunch break.

Lunch break

Rosie riveting the tail section of an airplane.


Tail section quality control.



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