The Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter

TitleThe Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter
Publication TypeFilm
Year of Publication1980
AuthorsField, Connie
Running Time65 min
Date Released09/1980
DistributorClarity Films
CountryUnited States
Publication Languageeng

Three black and two white women discuss their defense industry employment, advocacy of labor rights, and societal expectations of them during and after World War II. Interviews are interspersed with newsreels, war department films, and Hollywood movies that promoted women's participation in the war effort and, particularly after the war, reinforced gender norms. The inclusion of black "Rosies" also reveals how racism operated in the war, gender norms, and the image of "Rosie the Riveter."



Lola Weixel

Margaret Wright

Lyn Childs

Gladys Belcher

Wanita Allen


a Clarity Production

produced and directed by Connie Field

cinematography by Cathy Zheutlin, Bonnie Friedman, Robert Handley, and Emiko Omori

edited by Lucy Massie Phenix and Connie Field


Documentary, War

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Selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”

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