Who Was Rosie the Riveter?

For a lot of people, this poster is the image that comes to mind when they hear “Rosie the Riveter.”  This poster was created sometime in 1942 by J. Howard Miller as part of an Ad Council campaign to encourage women to work the jobs left by men who were serving in the armed forces during World War II.

Geraldine Doyle, who passed away in December 2010, was the model for this Rosie.

The other image that comes to mind is the Norman Rockwell illustration that served as the cover for the Saturday Evening Post for the May 29, 1943 Memorial Day issue.  The original oil painting was acquired in 2009 by the soon to open Crystal Bridges museum of American art for a whopping 4.96 million dollars.  The museum is located in Bentonville, Arkansas.

But did you know there was a song?  “Rosie the Riveter” the song came out in 1943 sometime before Norman Rockwell’s Rosie appeared:



About Jennifer Simpson

Writer, marketing consultant, community builder and teacher. Director of DimeStories International, where authors share their 3-minute stories at open mic events and online. Publisher and editor of the I WRITE BECAUSE project. Find out more at http://JenniferSimpsonWriter.com
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