Rosie the Riveter’s iconic bandana gets redesigned for the COVID-19 era

An original Rosie the Riveter is making masks and lobbying Congress to recognize women’s contributions to the war effort.

During another difficult moment in human history—World War II—women who went to work in factories and shipyards donned scarves on their heads to keep sweat and hair off their faces. These women were represented by the iconic Rosie the Riveter poster, in which a female wartime worker wears a red polka-dot bandana. Now, one of the original Rosies has started making face masks out of that same patterned fabric as part of the fight against COVID-19.

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