Artistic Medium Analysis Portrayal of Women in WWII Images
Title: Rosie the RiveterArtist: J. Howard MillerYear: 1942Medium: Poster Print
Key Images/Words/Phrases? • “We Can Do It!” • Strong Woman • Dressed as Factory Worker • Attitude Toward Subject Matter? • Women are as capable as men • Positive/optimistic • What is Missing? • What can “we” do? • Why is this an issue?
WWII Pinup Girls Title: “Little Gem” pin-up Artist: Unknown Year: 1940s (WWII Era) Medium: U.S. Fighter Planes
Key Images/Words/Phrases? • Front of fighter jet • Man painting • Scantily clad “army” woman • Pretty young woman • Attitude Toward Subject Matter? • Women objectified • Good luck? (“Little Gem”) • What is Missing? • The rest of her clothing • Who is the woman?
Conclusions Women in the WWII era were depicted very differently, depending on the artist. The “Rosie” movement began the push for women’s rights. Rosie gave Americans a view of women that was new and different than the “Little Gem” and inspired women across the country to pursue new endeavors.