Time for a break, Rosie. All the day long,
Whether rain or shine
She’s part of the assembly line.
She’s making history,
Working for victory
Rosie the Riveter
Unknowingly leaving a legacy that goes beyond the iconic image of her with her sleeves rolled up. Geraldine Hoff Doyle passed away in Lansing Michigan on December 26, 2010, at the age of 86.
Widowed with two children, Geraldine came from Kentucky to Michigan during World War II and began work at the Willow Run Aircraft factory
, she was only on the job for two weeks when fear of a hand injury, which would prevent her from playing the cello, led her to quit.
Geraldine was 17 years old when the photo
of her was taken that was later used in creating the poster
that inspired countless women to roll their own sleeves up and assist in the war effort. The photo was taken by a wire service photographer and was converted into a war poster by graphic artist J. Howard Miller.
It wasn't until 1984 that Geraldine became aware of the fact that she was the model for that poster. Since then, a memorial
and a girls program
have been named after Rosie. (the Memorial has it's own archive
of submitted photos of women working during the War!)
Another victim of Michigan's failing economy, the Willow Run Plant
which played a huge part in both Michigan's manufacturing business and the war effort
(Walter Reuther had stated, "Like England's battles were won on the playing fields of Eton, America's were won on the assembly lines of Detroit."), was closed for good three days before Geraldine died.