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The Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter (1980)

Documentary about women working in factories during WWII and resultant loss of jobs after the war. Five women tell their stories. Fascinating clips of racist, sexist propaganda of the era.


Connie Field
7 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »




Credited cast:
Lola Weixel Lola Weixel ... Self
Margaret Wright Margaret Wright ... Self
Lyn Childs Lyn Childs ... Self
Gladys Belcher Gladys Belcher ... Self
Wanita Allen Wanita Allen ... Self
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Betty Allie Betty Allie ... Self (archive footage)
Marynia Farnham Marynia Farnham ... Self (archive footage)
Franklin D. Roosevelt ... Self (archive footage) (as Franklin Delano Roosevelt)
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Documentary about women working in factories during WWII and resultant loss of jobs after the war. Five women tell their stories. Fascinating clips of racist, sexist propaganda of the era.

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Did You Know?


Because the American Federation of Musicians (AFM) called a strike against the major record companies in August 1942, and it lasted until November 1944, most of the songs written during the war to promote women's participation in defense work weren't officially recorded. So Connie Field had to use either modern recordings of the songs or versions from film soundtracks, like Benny Goodman's "Minnie's in the Money" from the 1943 film "The Gang's All Here." See more »


Lyn Childs: We'd never had any opportunity to do that kind of work. Do you think that if you did domestic work all of your life where you cleaned somebody's toilets and did all the cooking for some lazy characters who were sitting on top, and you finally got a chance where you can get a dignified job, you wouldn't fly through the door?
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References The Gang's All Here (1943) See more »

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Historically significant.
23 October 2015 | by somejavaSee all my reviews

You should find this interesting if you have an interest in learning about the social issues that were going on in the U.S. during WWII. You won't read about the subject of this film in any history book. Both from a feminist and a racial perspective. Admittedly, I wasn't born yet. So I wasn't a witness. But I had just always assumed that during WWII all of the prejudices had been put aside for the country to pull together. At least that's what certain aspects of historical propaganda had led me to believe. But this film set me straight. My mother and father were both a part of that generation. They're both gone now. The people of the country (and the world) endured a lot. From the Great Depression through the end of the war and much in between. Watching this showed me why my mother and my grandmother were so strong.

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15 October 1981 (Australia) See more »

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Vida y tiempos de Rosie, la remachadora See more »

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