WWII Poster Inspiration Geraldine Doyle Dies

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Geraldine Hoff Doyle, the woman who helped inspire the American home-front during World War II, died Sunday at 84.

Seventeen-year-old Geraldine was working in a Michigan steel factory when her picture was taken by the United Press in 1942. She was leaning over machinery with a red and white polka-dot bandana covering her hair. This Rosie the Riveter image became part of the ‘We Can Do It’ poster by artist J. Howard Miller during World War II. He was commissioned by the government to create a moral-boosting poster. The now-famous work of art was used to motivate female workers called into manufacturing jobs to support the war overseas. 

Geraldine signed Rosie the Riveter t-shirts, posters, coffee mugs and more. She always did it willingly and never charged a penny to her fans. "She would say that she was the ‘We Can Do It!’ girl," her daughter Stephanie Gregg told the Lansing State Journal. "She never wanted to take anything away from the other Rosies."

Geraldine was a mother-of-five and married to a dentist. Her memory will stay alive in that iconic poster for many years to come.

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