The iconic Rosie the Riveter poster girl who became a symbol of feminist power for the millions of hard working women who worked on the home front during World War II has died.
Mary Doyle Keefe, the telephone operator who inspired millions, passed away on Tuesday after a brief illness, her family said.
Mary became the poster girl for American women when she shot to fame by posing for Norman Rockwell’s iconic painting.
Rosie the Riveter was on the cover of the Saturday Evening Post on May 29, 1943, and became a symbol for feminism and economic power for American female workers during the war.
Rockwell’s famous painting shows the red-haired Rosie dressed in blue work overalls sat on the stars and stripes, with a sandwich in her left hand and her right arm on top of her lunch box with the name ‘Rosie’ on the front.