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Geraldine Doyle, the woman who would be known to Americans everywhere as "Rosie the Riveter" passed away on Sunday, December 26th at the age of 86.

This icon of the WWII era female workforce and of female empowerment didn't even know how popular she was until she accidentally saw her picture in a magazine 40 years after her famous likeness was created.

The full story can be found on YahooNews at > http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20101230/ts_alt_afp/ushistorywwiifeminism

This image is one of my favorite posters ever. I periodically tie my own little head scarf on when I'm feeling like a tough glamour girl.  She will be missed.

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Tags: RIP, Rosie the Riveter, propaganda, us, wwii

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Comment by Daniel Ferrante on December 31, 2010 at 8:14pm

What I found most interesting about "We Can Do It!" is that the poster in question and Rosie the Riveter are two different things.

The We Can Do It! poster was produced and released months before the song "Rosie the Riveter" (from which we first get the term) was played on national airwaves.

Coincidentally, one of my artists and I were working on Dieselpunk and Steampunk takes on "We Can Do It!". During my research for a write up on the poster I discovered that the WCDI! and Rosie were not the same.

You can read my write up (which contains some interesting links about Rosie, Ms. Geraldine Doyle and the history of We Can Do It!. I invite you to check it out.

Also, if you're curious about the posters we created, I'll share a reduced size version of them here.

 

Comment by Larry on December 31, 2010 at 1:32pm

Very Caerultctor. :)

 

Something we forget is the long run social effect of Rosie. After the war even though (most) women went back to the kitchen many never forgot what they were able to achieve. Some credit the efforts of women on the home front in WWII such as Rosie as planting the seeds for the modern Feminist movement.

Comment by Caerulctor on December 31, 2010 at 11:03am

While other girls attend their favorite cocktail bar
Sipping Martinis, munching caviar
There’s a girl who’s really putting them to shame
Rosie is her name

All the day long whether rain or shine
She’s a part of the assembly line
She’s making history,
working for victory
Rosie (-rrrr-) the Riveter


Keeps a sharp lookout for sabotage
Sitting up there on the fuselage
That little frail can do

more than a male will do
Rosie (-rrrr-) the Riveter

Rosie’s got a boyfriend, Charlie
Charlie, he’s a Marine
Rosie is protecting Charlie
Working overtime on the riveting machine
When they gave her a production “E”
She was as proud as a girl could be
There’s something true about
Red, white, and blue about
Rosie (-rrrr-) the Riveter

Everyone stops to admire the scene
Rosie at work on the B-Nineteen
She’s never twittery, nervous or jittery
Rosie the Riveter


What if she’s smeared full of oil and grease
Doing her bit for the old Lend-Lease
She keeps the gang around
They love to hang around
Rosie the Riveter

Rosie buys a lot of war bonds
That girl really has sense
Wishes she could purchase more bonds
Putting all her cash into national defense
Senator Jones who is “in the know”
Shouted these words on the radio
Berlin will hear about
Moscow will cheer about
Rosie the Riveter!

 

Hear a (shorter) version at NPR!

Comment by Dizzy on December 30, 2010 at 11:20pm
wow that's so awesome! my grandma and great aunts worked in new orleans' garment district during the war sewing parachutes, I find the ladies of that generation fascinating and strong, and i look up to all of them
Comment by Larry on December 30, 2010 at 11:07pm
My grandmother was a true Rosie the Riveter for she helped build tanks during WWII. So this poster has always had a special meaning for me.

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