During the 1940s, when most men were fighting in World War II, women went into the work force in large numbers. Many of these women worked in the manufacturing and maintenance of airplanes, tanks and other wartime craft. Set against a yellow background, with the slogan “We Can Do It!,” the cultural icon of Rosie the Riveter represented these women. On the poster, she is seen wearing a head scarf tied in a certain way with a single knot and tie.


Fold a medium to large scarf or bandanna in half to form a triangle.

Point the triangle point down and bring it around to the back of your head. The scarf should be lying on your shoulders, with both your hands holding onto each end.

Pull the scarf ends over your head and tie to the top of your head.

Take the triangle point that’s on your shoulders and pull it toward the tie at the top of your head. While pulling the scarf up, place the rest of your hair into the pouch you’ve made.

Place the point over the area where you first tied the scarf at the top of your head.

Take the two ends you originally tied and tie a knot over the point of the scarf that’s over the tie area.