SAT Subject US History Practice Question 867: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 867

38. Rosie the Riveter was a symbol of the

A. participation of women in the war effort during World War II.
B. Women's Liberation Movement of the 1960s.
C. new fashions for women that became popular in the 1950s.
D. participation of women in the Industrial Revolution of the late 1800s.
E. change that had occurred as a result of women's suffrage.

Correct Answer: A


Rosie the Riveter, the woman in a World War II poster, symbolized the great numbers of women who took traditionally male industrial jobs to support the war effort during World War II. The poster is specific to World War II, not the 1950s (C) or 1960s Women's Liberation Movement (B). Although women did work in factories as part of the Industrial Revolution (D), Rosie the Riveter did not appear until World War II. Women's workforce participation was not directly related to the suffrage movement (E).

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