09/30/2013 09:58 am ET | Updated Sep 30, 2013

What You Didn't Know About Rosie The Riveter

She's perhaps one of the most iconic women in American history. But how much do you actually know about Rosie the Riveter?

A new video from The History Channel can help you out with that.

Rosie is actually a fictional character, modeled after some six million women who signed up for traditionally "male" jobs during World War II. She was first introduced to the public in a 1943 song -- the classic image came later.

Check out the full video above to learn more about Rosie and the women she's based on.

[h/t Upworthy]


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