1941 - The Canadian “Rosie the Riveter”: Ronnie “The Bren Gun Girl” - Veronica Foster
The Bren Gun Girl was a young woman named “Veronica Foster”, who became a Canadian icon representing nearly one million Canadian women who worked in the manufacturing plants that produced munitions and material during World War II. She was popularly known as “Ronnie, the Bren Gun Girl” and worked for the company John Inglis Co. Ltd producing Bren light machine guns on a production line on Strachan Avenue in Toronto. She became popular after a series of propaganda posters were produced; most images featured her working for the war effort, but others depicted more casual settings like Foster dancing the jitterbug or attending a dinner party.
She can be seen as the Canadian precursor to the American fictional propaganda tool Rosie the Riveter.
View this short video produced by the CBC to learn more about Ronnie the Bren Gun Girl.