Woman who inspired iconic US WWII poster dies

December 31st, 2010

A US female factory worker who inspired the Rosie the Riveter poster during World War II has died at the age of 86.

The image of Geraldine Doyle and the “We Can Do It!” message was commissioned to boost morale for women working in manufacturing at the time.

Doyle was photographed wearing a red and white polka-dot bandana at a metal factory in Michigan at the age of 17.

She died on Sunday in the city of Lansing after suffering complications from arthritis, a spokesperson said.

The image featuring Doyle flexing her bicep beneath a rolled-up shirt sleeve helped to prompt women in the US to take positions in manufacturing and replace male workers serving in the military.

Read more here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-12100238

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  1. Tam Said on January 14th, 2012 at 8:14 am:

    Sad to hear of the passing of another inspirational figure from history. I have used this image many times in projects for university and college. There are certainly few who don’t know her face.