"We Can Do It!"

Description
Artist J. Howard Miller produced this work-incentive poster for the Westinghouse Electric & Manufacturing Company. Though displayed only briefly in Westinghouse factories, the poster in later year has become one of the most famous icons of World War II.
As women were encouraged to take wartime jobs in defense industries, they became a celebrated symbol of female patriotism. But when the war ended, many industries forced women to relinquish their skilled jobs to returning veterans.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
poster
Object Type
Posters
Photolithograph
Date made
ca 1942
commissioner
Westinghouse Electric Corporation
distributor
War Production Coordinating Committee
maker
Miller, J. Howard
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 22 in x 17 in; 55.88 cm x 43.18 cm
ID Number
1985.0851.05
accession number
1985.0851
catalog number
1985.0851.05
subject
Homefront, World War II
Rosie the Riveter
Advertising
Government, Politics, and Reform
Industry & Manufacturing
Work
National Treasures exhibit
event
World War II
See more items in
Political History: Political History, Home Front Collection
National Treasures exhibit
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
referenced; depicted
Colman, Penny. Rosie the Riveter
Publication title
Treasures of American History online exhibition
Publication author
National Museum of American History
Publication URL
http://americanhistory.si.edu/treasures

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