Tuesday, January 04, 2011
Rosie the Riveter RIP
by Larry Geller
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Geraldine Doyle, 86, who as a 17-year-old factory worker became the inspiration for a popular World War II recruitment poster that evoked female power and independence under the slogan "We Can Do It!," died Dec. 26 at a hospice in Lansing, Mich.
Rosie's rolled-up sleeves and flexed right arm came to represent the newfound strength of the 18 million women who worked during the war and later made her a figure of the feminist movement. [Washington Post, Geraldine Doyle, 86, dies; one-time factory worker inspired Rosie the Riveter and 'We Can Do It!' poster, 12/29/2010]
It's an interesting story. Rosie wasn’t a riveter and didn’t know for four decades that she was the inspiration for the poster. Moreover, her name wasn’t Rosie.
Check out the article in the Washington Post.