29 May 1919
Before “Rosie the Riveter”
Women riveters pose for the camera at the Navy Yard in Puget Sound, Washington. Taken on May 29, 1919, a generation before the more famous World War II image of “Rosie the Riveter,” this photograph shows women working in industrial jobs traditionally filled by men, just as women did during World War II.
Original caption: Women Rivet Heaters and Passers on, Ship Construction Work. Navy Yard, Puget Sound, Washington. 05/29/1919