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Famous Women Who Have Channeled Rosie the Riveter

MTV says Beyonce “shut down Women Against Feminism” with one photo. TIME called it “the ultimate feminist photo.” We totally agree. Earlier today, the music mogul posted an Instagram of herself as Rosie the Riveter, and it already has over a million likes. Rosie the Riveter is an American icon from World War II, when women worked in factories to replace men in the military. A riveter is someone who hammers rivets (a certain kind of bolt) to fasten two pieces of material together, and Rosie represented that kind of industrial work as well as women joining the workforce in general. 

Beyonce the Riveter is an inspiring thing to behold, but she’s not the first star to embody the empowered working woman. Check out the other stars who join the ranks of the Riveter in the gallery above.