The Patriotic Pinch Hitter The aagbl and How the American Woman Earned a Permanent Spot on the Roster patricia vignola During World War II, that lovely, patriotic pinch hitter "Rosie the Riveter" stepped up to bat, entering the workforce so her boyfriend, "Charlie," could take it for the team by going to war. Once she saw her mvp rounding third, Rosie happily slid into her warm, safe home, gratified by a job well done. However, contrary to popular belief, Rosie was no mere pinch hitter. Throughout the 1940s the American woman was capable of being more than a temporary hire. She was a professional musician, a war correspondent, and a member of the United States Congress as well as a professional baseball player. The AllAmerican Girls' Baseball League (aagbl) began as wartime entertainment; however, it would last nine years after World War II with its effects still reverberating today. The image of Rosie the Riveter must be recognized for what it was--propaganda to fill labor shortages during the war. Rosie the Riveter did not reflect the experiences of every American woman. For example, African American and working-class women never had the luxury of being temporary hires. The female
NINE: A Journal of Baseball History and Culture – University of Nebraska Press
Published: Mar 5, 2004
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