Rosie The Riveter: Working Women’s Icon

“Rosie the Riveter” is an American icon representing women working in factories during World War II. These women learned new jobs and filled in for the men who were away at war. They produced much of the armaments and ammunition to supply the war effort.

They also paid FICA on their wages, contributing to the Social Security program. These “Rosies” embodied the “can-do” spirit immortalized in a poster by J. Howard Miller. Both the image and the spirit live on today.

If you asked Rosie about Social Security, she would use her rivet gun to drive home the value of Social Security for women. More Rosies work today, and nearly 60 percent of people receiving benefits are women. Women tend to live longer than men, so Social Security’s inflation-adjusted benefits help protect women. You can outlive your savings and investments, but Social Security is for life. Women provide their own basic level of protection when they work and pay taxes into the Social Security system. Women who have been married and had low earnings or who didn’t work may be covered through their spouses’ work.

Today’s Rosie will turn her “can-do” spirit to learning more about Social Security and what role it will play in her financial plan for the future. She focuses on our pamphlet called What Every Woman Should Know for a game plan.

She rolls up her sleeves and sets up her my Social Security account to review her earnings and estimates. If she finds an incorrect posting, she’ll locate her W-2 form and quickly contact Social Security to correct it because she understands these are the earnings used to figure her benefits.

She dives into understanding benefits at our planner pages. She examines how marriage, divorce, death of a spouse, work, and other issues might affect her benefits. She studies our fact sheet When to Start Receiving Retirement Benefits to help her decide when it’s time to lay down the rivet gun. And when the time is right, she will file for retirement benefits online. Whether it was keeping the war effort production lines humming or discovering what is available to her from Social Security, Rosie symbolizes the motto: “We Can Do It.” Rosie and millions like her rely on the financial protection provided by Social Security in assembling their own financial futures.

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27 thoughts on “Rosie The Riveter: Working Women’s Icon

  1. I tried setting up an account and a message comes up you I can not set up the account with the information provided and to contact the office. But no phone number is given

      • If you are having trouble accessing your my Social Security account, please call our dedicated “My Social Security Hot-line”. Call 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778), Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. At the voice prompt, say “helpdesk”; or contact your local Social Security office.

    • Hello Eugenia, if you are still having trouble accessing your my Social Security account, please call our dedicated “My Social Security Hotline”.Call 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778), Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. At the voice prompt, say “helpdesk”; or contact your local Social Security office. Thanks!

  2. It shows that American can change. It help American grow stronger, showing that a American woman could do a job and help win the War. Like the old saying behind every man there’s a greater woman.

  3. Yes I do remember all of those days because my Mother was a Rose the Riveter working women who to my knowledge was ever paid out any retirement Benefits and her name was proudly named is Julia Watson Mizell my Rose Riveter. This is a very true Family story that I hired told to me over and over at some family reunions in loving memory her Son Andrew.

  4. I have one thing to say. Social Security may taut women, but UNTIL Social Security recognizes the WEP Offset that penalizes mostly ‘women’ who worked under Social Security and also jobs that did not deduct SS payments such as state jobs, then you can advertise ‘Rosie the Riveter as she contributes to FICA. We all contributed for 15-20 years, but were penalized by having 50% of our earned benefits taken from us when we retired due to the Windfall Elimination Provision Offset. So, put your money where your mouth is, and start giving us back our earned benefits and stop advertising as if Social Security was so wonderful. It isn’t when you steal 50% of our SS benefits.
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    • Please allow me to provide a middle school civics lesson: any federal agency does not write the law. SSA does not create legislation. Those people who lie to you about what they are doing in DC that you vote back in every 2-6 years are the ones who make the laws that make the policies. You get what you vote for. But since they want you to believe that the agencies are the problem, you of course follow along without question. You can look online and SSA will provide the legislation that authorized the policy in their policy manual.

  5. Social Security has let those of us down who worked for state schools or universities or state jobs of any capacity. The WEP Offset takes 50% of our already earned social security benefits away and has for years and years. It owes some of us over $100,000 and counting. Until there is a repeal of this Offset, it is a disgrace to say that it takes care of women. About 2 million many women including office workers, teachers,firemen, policeman are affected by this ‘Offset’ by having 50% of our earned benefits taken from us every month. We paid into FICA for 30-40 years and yet when we retired had a 50% reduction in our earned SS benefits. I do not have a lot to say about Social Security except that the trust fund needs to be left alone so that it can pay the benefits it owes the people who paid into FICA, this money, our money that contributed to make up the social security ‘trust fund’. Its time to take responsibility for this travesty and repeal the law the WEP which stands for the Windfall Elimination Provision.

  6. My start pay my retirement benefit plan.gov on 2018 after my birthday 03/28/1954 , or 03/28/2018 , send to my address Thailand , order on 03/30/2018!

  7. The strength these women to step it up because they had to. They were given the opportunity to help their country and they did. This poster is fantastic and says it all.

  8. Nicely done post. I believe in a publically managed social security system as a stabalizing factor for our society. The stock market is prone to drops and uncertainty that are not a guarantee. If we undermine our current system to save the government money we are kicking the can to a day when an epidemic of unprepared retirees are firced to seek food and shelter from local government and charities. At what savings would we sacrafice knowing every working American can eat and live a modest life upon retirement? This is a working women’s issue as we live longer and often less prosperous lives since we are paid less than our male counterparts (same education/experience). All Americans have difficulty saving due ti rising costs if living. Women work hard. We also vote. And, we have a voice! Thank you for listening.

  9. Since 60% of those receiving SS are women, it seems to me privatizing the program would hurt and discriminate against women! Is this the case politicians are making to privatize S.S.?

  10. Rosie symbolizes all working women. Social Security should not be handed out to those who have not contributed unless they are receiving their husband’s benefit.

  11. Social Security Administration has a checklist for online Medicare, Retirement, and Spouses Applications. On the right hand side of the checklist the topic MEDICAID (State Health Insurance) What is meant by “number and start and end dates” ? Also the topic Current Health Insurance what is meant by “Employment start and end dates for the current employer who provides your health insurance coverage through a group health plan” ?

  12. I wrote a paper in college about Rosie the riveter. As a matter of fact , it was a power point of the history of the services that these women provided for America and their men at war. In the presentation, I added Rosie the riveter with her arm making a muscle picture in the presentation. It made a pretty good example . Even though I was only a child at that time in history . My Daddy served in Germany after the war for the clean up that is done afterwards .

  13. Why was the day changed when social security earned income (retirement) checks used to arrive the 3rd day of the month? I had read in news media that mailboxes were being vandalized & mailmen robbed with threats of violence. It is wise that Robert @ Social Security office warned us to have them sent to our bank account electronically because of the tech scammers & thieves. I once responded to an elderly passerby screaming while with her grandson (3rd day of the month). Thief grabbed her purse; she had just cashed $300 on social security. Police spent a long time here when they came. I took one to the wall where the criminal had jumped over. They retrieved her purse empty but no apprehending of criminal. Lady called her relative to come get them from our place.

  14. To Ray Fernandez, Public Affairs Specialist I have two questions. Social Security Administration has a checklist for online Medicare, Retirement, and Spouses Applications. On the right hand side of the checklist the topic MEDICAID (State Health Insurance) What is meant by “number and start and end dates” ? Also the topic Current Health Insurance what is meant by “Employment start and end dates for the current employer who provides your health insurance coverage through a group health plan” ?

  15. I assume you know that the picture you have is not the original Rosie The Riveter. Norman Rockwell painted the original and it was on the cover of The Saturday Evening Post for the May 29, 1943 issue. Not near as attractive as the one you have posted, and the one you posted has been popularized, but it’s not the original.

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