Parker Fraley, who died on Saturday aged 96, in Longview, Washington, was the inspiration for Rosie the Riveter, a poster that became an enduring symbol of American feminism and one of the country's most iconic images. The poster, by the Pittsburgh artist J Howard Miller, depicted a wartime woman worker in a blue shirt and a red polka-dot bandanna, flexing her bicep, with the caption "We Can Do It!". Miller's poster is thought to have been based on a photograph of a woman standing at a lathe which was published by a number of magazines in 1943 but seemingly never captioned with a name or a date.
Mr Miller's poster went largely unnoticed at the time - it was displayed only in-house at Westinghouse electric plants - but it became an icon decades later, printed on everything from T-shirts to fridge magnets to skin, and reimagined by singer Beyonce, the New Yorker magazine and others.
Rosie should have her own woman's day celebration.
That iconic artwork is still in use; my daughter the PhD has this T shirt...
What a beautiful girl she was!
Am I allowed to say that?
I don't care. She was hot in her day. It may have been nothing but a marketing ploy but it worked. She sure inspired a lot men to fight for their country.
Rest in peace beautiful girl.
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