"Rosie" Passes at 86

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - A Michigan woman who said her photo was the inspiration for a popular poster lauding the efforts of working women during World War II has died.

Geraldine Doyle died Sunday in Lansing. She was 86.

The Lansing State Journal reports that a war production committee used Doyle's likeness from a photo taken when she was a 17-year-old factory worker in Ann Arbor in the illustrated "We Can
Do It!" poster. The head-scarfed wearing woman flexing her bicep
encouraged women to enter the work force.

The poster and Norman Rockwell's similar painting of a female factory worker followed a popular song titled "Rosie the Riveter." That name was attached to women performing jobs traditionally held by men.

A memorial service for Doyle is scheduled for Jan. 8.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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