Naomi Parker Fraley, the California woman who posed for the famous “Rosie the Riveter” poster died this past Saturday. Her family confirmed her passing on Monday. She was 96. Naomi posed for the iconic picture while working at an Alameda, California factory in 1942. The famous image, which showed her flexing her arm with the caption “We can do it!” became an iconic feminist image. But for decades, Naomi wasn’t given credit for being the model in the picture because many historians mistakenly concluded that a different female factory worker had posed for the portrait. She was only widely recognized as the real “Rosie the Riveter” in 2016, after scholar James J. Kimble published an article revealing the findings of a six-year investigation into Rosie’s true identity.
The term “Rosie the Riveter” was first used in 1942 in a song of the same name written by Redd Evans and John Jacob Loeb. The song was recorded by numerous artists, including the popular big band leader Kay Kyser, and it became a national hit.
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