Did WW2 really help Rosie the Riveters?

World War II often is cited as a watershed moment for getting American women in the workplace. To commemorate D-Day, Cristen and Caroline reexamine whether the war really helped Rosie the Riveters climb career ladders.

26 Images That Challenge Conventional Perceptions of "Women's Work"

The term "blue-collar" originated in the 1920s to denote manual labor, but the demarcation probably didn't have much to do with the male-leaning gender makeup of those employment sectors. Rather, "blue-collar" likely took its hue cue from the color of chambray, dungaree and denim coveralls and work shirts more commonly worn in hands-on fields, such as mining and manufacturing. Nonetheless, women performing blue-collar work has long been considered nontraditional, and today they comprise a slim minority of firefighters, plumbers, steel workers, truck drivers and so forth -- but not necessarily, as demonstrated in this abbreviated visual history of manual laboring women, because they don't have the muscle and grit to get the blue-collar job done.

Women Are Secretaries, Men Are Truck Drivers

Widely circulated U.S. Census data have revealed that the most common job for American women in 2010 was the same as it was in 1950.

The Most Stereotyped Female Profession

The fact that I even labeled this a "female" profession is a major indicator of how pigeonholed and stereotyped it has been, arguably for the duration of its existence. What, pray tell, is this most-stereotyped lady job? The secretary, or administrative assistant in today's office parlance.