2010 : Geraldine Hoff Doyle, the Real-Life Model for We Can Do It Rosie the Riveter, Dies In Lansing

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At 17, a young factory worker from Lansing, Michigan named Geraldine Doyle unwittingly inspired J. Howard Miller’s iconic “We Can Do It!” poster, an image that later became a powerful symbol of American women’s contributions during World War II and of female empowerment. More than four decades would go by before she learned that she had become the face of Rosie the Riveter. Doyle died on December 26 in Lansing, Michigan, at the age of 86.

Sources :

Geraldine Doyle wikipedia entry

Geralding Doye Rosie the Riveter from Awesome Stories.

Inspiration for Iconic Rosie the Riveter Image Dies, History in the Headlines, History.com staff.

Michigan Woman Who Inspired WWII ‘Rosie’ Poster Has Died, NPR, December 30, 2010.

Rosie The Riveter : Real Women Workers in WWII, Library of Congress.

American National Biography Online

Timothy Williams, “Geraldine Doyle, Iconic Face of World War II, Dies at 86”, New York Times, December 29, 2010.

Louise Ahern, Lansing’s Geraldine Doyle, inspiration behind ‘Rosie the Riveter,’ dies”, Lansing State Journal, December 30, 2010.

Pop History Dig provides more information.

Sheila Schimpf, “She Could Do It!”, Seeking Michigan, March 15, 2011.

The Patriotic Tide, 1940-1950 cover. Another possible Rosie the Riveter. Naomi Fraley, who once worked during WWII at the Alameda Naval Air Station.

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