Rosie the Riveter

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Inspiration for 'Rosie the Riveter' Dies at 96

Naomi Parker Fraley worked in wartime machine shop

(Newser) - Former wartime factory worker Naomi Parker Fraley has died at age 96, years after a discovery that brought her great joy: She's believed to have been the real-life inspiration for the iconic "Rosie the Riveter" poster. Michigan factory worker Geraldine Doyle, who died in 2010 , was long thought... More »

Rosie the Riveter Model Dead at 92

Mary Doyle Keefe posed for iconic Norman Rockwell painting

(Newser) - Mary Doyle Keefe, the model for Norman Rockwell's iconic 1943 Rosie the Riveter painting that symbolized the millions of American women who went to work on the home front during World War II, died Tuesday after a brief illness in Simsbury, Connecticut. She was 92. Keefe grew up in... More »

'Rosie the Riveter' Plant Saved

Group just about raises the $8M needed to buy 150K square feet of it

(Newser) - The Detroit-area factory where Rosie the Riveter showed that a woman could do a "man's work" by building World War II-era bombers has been saved from the wrecking ball , organizers of a campaign to build a museum on the site announced today. The site's manager had given... More »

'Rosie the Riveter' Factory Faces Wrecking Ball

Campaigners fight to save Detroit-area plant

(Newser) - Campaigners in Michigan are battling to save a factory famous for being the workplace of the real-life Rosie the Riveter—and for rolling out 9,000 B-24 Liberator bombers during World War II. The Detroit-area Willow Run Bomber Plant is slated for demolition this fall, but donors hope to save... More »

Real-Life Rosie the Riveter Is Dead at 86

Geraldine Hoff Doyle's face became Rosie the Riveter's

(Newser) - Meet the real Rosie the Riveter. The woman who inspired the "We Can Do It!" poster during World War II that was embraced as a feminist symbol in the 1980s is dead at age 86, reports the New York Times . Geraldine Hoff Doyle was working in a Michigan... More »

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