I had intended to do a standard-issue New Years’ Eve post. But a story on the news caught my eye: Geraldine Doyle, whose photograph inspired the poster of Rosie the Riveter, has died at the age of 86.
I don’t think I even knew that the woman behind Rosie was still alive, but the news still made me a little wistful…and still, it made me smile. Over the decades Rosie has become so much more than a little wartime propaganda — she has become an image of empowerment, of women’s strength, and women everywhere have followed Rosie. We Can Do It! says Rosie, and we can do it, said generations of women since. We can work in factories. We can work in offices. We can own businesses. We can run governments. We can change worlds.
Geraldine Doyle may have died this week, but the image she inspired will live on forever in the spirit of women to come, who see the image of her setting her jaw and rolling up her sleeve and declaring, We Can Do It!. They will follow Rosie.
Rest in peace, Geraldine Doyle, and thank you.
Poses: Brazen Women (for “Rosie” avatar); hmaem