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Before Rosie the Riveter: Women and Work in WWI

September 3, 2014 - December 7, 2014

This exhibition takes a closer look at women’s participation in the First World War. While most are familiar with the figure of “Rosie the Riveter,” the World War II war worker who took on male-dominated jobs to free up men for military service and keep the economy going, it was Rosie’s mother who broke the initial barriers against women’s work in factories, on farms and in “male-only jobs” such as police, operators of heavy machinery, and transportation. The exhibit focuses on the massive propaganda effort to bring women into the wartime workforce and on women’s patriotic response to that effort.

Opening Reception: September 3, 4.45PM, Lower Level Atrium of the Steinman College Center 


September 3, 2014
December 7, 2014
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The Phillips Museum of Art
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Lancaster, PA 17603 United States
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