Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

Beyonce becomes Rosie the Riveter

beyhero.jpg

When it comes to social media, Beyonce is a woman of few words - she lets her pictures do the talking.

In a powerful affirmation of her feminist credentials, the singer has posted an image of herself dressed as Rosie the Riveter on Instagram, attracting a staggering 1.14 million ❤s from fans.

Wearing a denim shirt, red bandana and defiant expression, she recreates the feminist icon's famous 'flexed muscle' pose under Rosie's "We Can Do It" slogan, at the National World War II Museum in New Orleans.

As usual for the Drunk in Love star, there was no caption to accompany the image, but it does come as a Women Against Feminism movement is gaining traction.

The Tumblr posts selfies of women holding up signs that detail why they don't consider themselves as feminist.

Despite widespread criticism and accusations that many of its participants are misrepresenting the true nature of feminism, the group has attracted more than 11,000 Facebook likes.

Last year Beyonce came under scrutiny for saying that the word feminist "can be very extreme" but she has fully embraced feminism in 2014, publishing a forthright pro-feminist essay in January that stated: "We need to stop buying into the myth about gender equality ... It isn’t a reality yet.

"Today, women make up half of the US workforce, but the average working woman earns only 77 percent of what the average working man makes."

Rosie the Riveter represents US World War II female factory workers who replaced the men who were sent to fight

Who was Rosie the Riveter?

  • A fictitious World War II figure-turned feminist icon
  • Nicknamed Rosie the Riveter after a 1942 song of the same name about a dedicated factory worker
  • The woman in the poster was modeled on Michigan factory worker Geraldine Doyle
  • 'Rosie' may have been inspired by Canada's Veronica Foster who starred in a 1941 campaign to encourage women to join the war effort
  • By 1945, more than 18 million women had joined the workforce

Related

rexfeatures_3923220ae.jpg

Beyonce Knowles' style evolution in pictures

caulisteakart.jpg

How to eat healthy: 10 amazing recipes to sneak vegetables into your meals and snacks

use.jpg

Beyonce heads up Destiny's Child reunion

couple2.jpg

New app will help partners spy on and 'catch' love cheats

grey-hero-2.jpg

Beyonce posts the first Fifty Shades of Grey teaser on Instagram

herotest.jpg

Showstopping wedding guest accessories

Comments

More

Kate Middleton opens up about motherhood and mental illness

“Your fundamental identity changes overnight.”

by Moya Crockett
24 Mar 2017

Oklahoma lawmaker says rape and incest are ‘the will of God’

Republican was defending a controversial anti-abortion bill

by Georgina Wilkinson
24 Mar 2017

The trailer for Emilia Clarke’s new horror film is utterly terrifying

Even Daenerys might have trouble with this one

by Amy Swales
24 Mar 2017

Emma Thompson reveals Donald Trump once asked her out on a date

Just imagine: Emma Thompson, First Lady of the United States

by Moya Crockett
24 Mar 2017

Kate Winslet recalls being called 'blubber' by school bullies

The Oscar winner had the last laugh

23 Mar 2017

Ryan Gosling explains his reaction to the Oscars Best Picture blunder

He could barely stifle his giggle - but it's not what you think...

by Hayley Spencer
23 Mar 2017

The best A-list Instagrams from the week so far

From January Jones' beauty regime to Emma Roberts' book club

by Nicola Colyer
23 Mar 2017

Brie Larson is playing a very important figure in feminist history

Victoria Woodhull, the first woman to run for president, was a fascinating character.

by Moya Crockett
23 Mar 2017

Piers Morgan is finally quitting social media

If only it was forever

by Amy Swales
22 Mar 2017

Louis Theroux on the one documentary he had to abandon

“I would still love to do it. The world’s my oyster.”

by Georgina Wilkinson
22 Mar 2017