This paper discusses Sherna B. Gluck’s book `Rosie the Riveter Revisited: Women, the War, and Social Change`.
This paper examines how the role of women in the workplace has changed dramatically since World War II. The author discusses the reasons why women went to work during the war, how they discovered a new independence, and the propaganda used to get women to work, such as role model `Rosie the Riveter`. The paper describes how this flux of women in the workforce gave birth to a new type of feminism.
Feminism is often thought of an instrument of social change. But understanding the history of what has occurred can be equally important, feminist historian Sherna B. Gluck would stress. She begins with an image of women of a younger generation, her women’s studies students, some of whom had campaigned for the equal rights amendment but who shy away from the title of feminist. She attempts to give an historical context to the feminist movement that stretches beyond that of so-called second wave feminism of the 70’s and 80’s.