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Remembering Geraldine Doyle; face of the Rosie the Riveter poster of WWII December 15, 2010 From BBC News: "The   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. The   image   can   often   be   found   today   on   postage   stamps,   T-shirts,   coffee   mugs   and aprons. Doyle   reportedly   did   not   realise   she   was   the   inspiration   for   the   Rosie   character, which   became   an   icon   of   the   feminist   movement   in   the   US,   until   she   spotted   the image in a magazine article in 1982. "It was great for her when she finally learned about it," Doyle's daughter, Stephanie Gregg, told the Associated Press news agency. Doyle   is   said   to   have   left   her   position   at   the   factory   two   weeks   after   the   photograph   was   taken   when   she   learned   another   worker injured her hand performing the same job." Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-12100238 Wartime   Heritage   presented   the   song,   "Rosie   the   Riveter",   and   the   story   of   the   contribution   of   female   factory   workers   in   its   2008 musical   stage   production   of   Echoes   of   the   Forties   -   Songs   and   Stories   of   a   Wartime   Generation.   The   Rosie   the   Riveter   part   was   played by Amy Bishara of Yarmouth, NS.
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Remembering Rosie the Riveter