The model for Rockwell’s famous “Rosie the Riveter” painting (not to be confused with the beloved “We Can Do It” poster) has died. Mary Doyle Keefe was 92.
Good Morning America's Lara Spencer went to the White House on Monday with several women who worked in the factories during World War II who had been trying to meet the President and Vice President for many years. One of them was so excited she decided to kiss President Obama.
Fun fact: a member of the famous "Rosie the Riveter" brigade immortalized in wartime (let's be honest) propaganda posters is not only still alive, but, at age 93, she's still riveting. Or she's overseeing the robot peon that's riveting. Either way, Elinor Otto seems pretty awesome.
Obviously this woman is not exactly Rosie the Riveter. But it's clear the model is inspired by the World War II icon — the polka-dot headband, the blue workshirt, the tough expression. But instead of putting a mothertrucking bomber together, this lady is about to do the floors. Earlier this week, Alexandra Petri wrote…
Rosie the Riveter's unsmiling determination, flexed arm emerging from those briskly rolled up sleeves, has been a symbol of female strength since it was introduced in 1942. Here, some reinterpretations (and co-optations) through the ages.
An article in today's New York Times today describes the efforts by women's groups and filmmakers to honor the women who took over posts at factories while men were deployed abroad for their service.
"Dick enlisted two months before Pearl Harbor - I wanted to be doing something necessary, too, so I found my job helping to build planes." [Vintage Ads]